Actress Jessica Lange has been confirmed to make her TV comeback, but it won’t be on the hit show American Horror Story.
The 67-year-old has signed on to play a major role in FX’s anthology series Feud, which focuses on the classic rivalry between Bette Davis and Joan Crawford at the time they filmed the 1962 film What Ever Happened to Baby Jane.
Jessica Lange plays Joan Crawford opposite Susan Sarandon as Bette Davis, The Hollywood Reporter writes. Alfred Molina co-stars as What Ever Happened to Baby Jane’s director; Stanley Tucci is on board as studio exec Jack Warner; Dominic Burgess plays Crawford and David’s movie co-star Victor Buono; and Judy Davis is gossip columnist Hedda Hopper
American Horror Story showrunner Ryan Murphy will executive produce the show together with Brad Pitt and Dede Gardner. He will also direct several episodes of Feud. Production will begin later this fall in preparation for a 2017 debut on FX. The show will run on eight episodes for its first season.
This is Murphy’s third series with FX and fourth series overall, following Glee, American Horror Story and American Crime Story.
“Ryan keeps reinventing TV,” said FX Networks CEO John Landgraf. He added that the series will “offer a seductive, insightful look at what lies behind legendary personality conflicts.”
The legendary feud between Davis and Crawford started on the set of What Ever Happened to Baby Jane. It was popularly known that the two superstars did not get along and tension was high on set, CNN reports. The fight carried on even after filming was completed, with Crawford reportedly campaigning against Davis when she was nominated for Best Actress in the Academy Awards in 1962. The award went to Anne Bancroft for The Miracle Worker, but Crawford added fuel to the flame when she accepted the Oscar in behalf of Bancroft.
Meanwhile, Lady Gaga has been confirmed to return to American Horror Story Season 6