FEUD Premieres Staring Susan Sarandon & Jessica Lange as “Bette & Joan” 2017 by Photojournalist Lisa Pacino
Feud staring Susan Sarandon and Jessica Lange in the roles of “Bette Davis” and “Joan Crawford” will premiere on FX on March 5, 2017.
Susan Sarandon. Photograph by Lisa Pacino.
Ryan Murphy’s stable of FX dramas is going from strength to strength, and the latest beautifully crafted, instantly addictive show to be added to the roster is Feud. A new anthology series which will focus on a different famous feud each year, the series’ first season is sub-titled Bette and Joan and will chronicle the legendary rivalry between Bette Davis and Joan Crawford during the making of What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? The show, which also stars Alfred Molina, Sarah Paulson, Catherine Zeta Jones, and Stanley Tucci, promises to go beyond the campy thrills of Bette and Joan’s feud itself, examining the seedy underbelly of a male-dominated industry that pits women against one another in the first place.
Lange said recently that though the show is a throwback to Old Hollywood, it’s still as relevant as ever in its depiction of “what Hollywood does to women as they age.”
What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? is a 1962 American psychological thriller film produced and directed by Robert Aldrich, starring Bette Davis and Joan Crawford, about an aging actress who holds her paraplegic sister captive in an old Hollywood mansion. The screenplay by Lukas Heller is based on the 1960 novel of the same name by Henry Farrell. Upon the film’s release, it was met with widespread critical and box office acclaim and was later nominated for five Academy Awards, winning one for Best Costume Design, Black and White. The intensely bitter Hollywood rivalry between the film’s two stars, Davis and Crawford, was heavily important to the film’s initial success.This in part led to the revitalization of the then-waning careers of the two stars. In the years after release, critics continued to acclaim the film for its psychologically driven black comedy, camp, and creation of the psycho-biddy subgenre. The film’s then unheard of and controversial plot meant that it originally received an X rating in the UK, Because of the appeal of the film’s stars, Dave Itzkoff in The New York Times has identified it as being a “cult classic”. In 2003, the character of Baby Jane Hudson was ranked #44 on the American Film Institute’s list of the 50 Best Villains of American Cinema.
Jessica Lange. Photograph by Lisa Pacino.
Susan Sarandon and Jessica Lange play Davis and Crawford respectively, and the first image has finally been unveiled in this week’s Entertainment Weekly.
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