Ryan Murphy is what one would call a #TV God, having created some of the greatest television series in history. Arguably most known for creating worldwide musical phenomenon Glee and everybody's favourite horror show American Horror Story, Murphy stunned the world with his recent American Crime Story: The People v. OJ Simpson which received critical acclaim and cleaned up at award season.
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Murphy seems like he has his hands full with three more seasons of American Horror Story on the way, as well as two new seasons of American Crime Story, with a third being discussed. However, Murphy isn't your average show runner and, as aways, he has plenty of time for new projects. Following the success of American Crime Story, his next project Feud is based on real life events. Check out the first teaser below.
Focusing on the real life feud between Hollywood legends Joan Crawford and Bette Davis, Feud: Bette and Joan will reunite Murphy with American Horror Story queen Jessica Lange where she will be playing Crawford.
Susan Sarandon will star as Bette Davis.The project has been extremely guarded but the latest edition of Entertainment Weekly features a first look at both Lange and Sarandon in character and if we're being honest, they look fabulous.
Up until now, there has been very little information released to the public about Feud but that's likely due to Murphy being pre-occupied with his other projects. There is a lot of hype surrounding the show as it features Jessica Lange's return to TV following her departure from American Horror Story. These new images have definitely excited us and if they are anything to go by, Feud could well be the TV event of the year.
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What We Can Expect From Feud: Bette And Joan
Davis and Crawford may have had prominent careers in the '30s and '40s but the pair had a well established dislike for one another. In 1962 both of them agreed to star in the low budget horror flick What Ever Happened To Baby Jane? and as both women were in their mid-fifties, they were seen as washed up and no longer relevant — Hollywood's attitude to women back in the day. During the filming, Davis allegedly kicked Crawford in the head so who knows what we'll be in for when Feud airs in March. For Murphy, Feud was not about indulging in a love for these actresses but rather an important look at the views held by Hollywood back in the day.
“I was interested in the idea of sexism, ageism, misogyny. Turning 40, 45, 50 and feeling like you’re at the height of your powers and people saying, ‘Well, you’re done.’”
Lange has previously commented on the lack of roles available in Hollywood for a women of a certain age. In the past, she says that it was down to Ryan Murphy, who charmed her to do American Horror Story, and his older strong female characters that drew her to television.
Lange's portrayal of various characters on the horror anthology series led to her winning several Emmys and Golden Globes. During the Television Critics Association panel earlier this month, Lange said about Feud:
"Joan was 10 years younger when this takes place than I am now, and yet her career was finished because of her age. What we've tried to do is somehow investigate what that does to a woman... what happens when that beauty is no longer considered viable because it's equated with youth."
It's rather ironic that Crawford's career was over at only 50 when Lange has received some of her best roles to date in her later years — hopefully this is a testament to the way things have changed since Crawford's era.
If Feud is as good as it looks then there could be some serious award nominations for the cast. Lange has proven on multiple occasions during her time on American Horror Story that no one is better at delivering hurtful, powerful lines than her and with Murphy behind the production, there will definitely be some Emmy worthy moments for her and Sarandon. Feud has the potential to be huge and we can't wait to see Lange and Sarandon tearing strips out of each other.
Feud: Bette and Joan premieres on FX March 5. Are you excited to see Jessica Lange and Ryan Murphy team up again? Tell us in the comment section below.
[Source: Entertainment Weekly]