Susan Sarandon to play Bette Davis in Ryan Murphy’s FX limited series ‘Feud’

Oscar winner Susan Sarandon may finally be able to add an Emmy Award to her mantel thanks to her iconic role in Ryan Murphy‘s new anthology series “Feud,” due out in 2017. Each season of the new program will focus on epic battles, with the inaugural cycle centering on the backstage drama between “What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?” stars Bette Davis (played by Sarandon) and Joan Crawford (played by Jessica Lange).

Sarandon is a five-time Oscar nominee for Best Actress, winning 20 years ago for “Dead Man Walking” (1995). She also contended for “Atlantic City” (1980), “Thelma & Louise” (1991), “Lorenzo’s Oil” (1992) and “The Client” (1994). However, she has yet to win an Emmy despite four prior nominations: Best Comedy Guest Actress for “Friends” (1994), Best Comedy Guest Actress for “Malcolm in the Middle” (2000), Best Movie/Mini Actress for “Bernard and Doris” (2006) and Best Movie/Mini Supporting Actress for “You Don’t Know Jack” (2010).

Jessica Lange to play Joan Crawford in Ryan Murphy’s ‘Feud’

Per FX, Murphy will direct several episodes of the eight-episode order and will executive produce along with Brad Pitt and Dede Gardner of Plan B Entertainment. In addition, Sarandon and Lange will serve as producers which means they could win producing Emmys should the program go on to win Best Limited Series. Rounding out the cast are Dominic Burgess, Judy Davis, Alfred Molina and Stanley Tucci.

At the 1962 Oscars, “What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?” earned five bids and won for Best Costume Design. However, while Davis was nominated for Best Actress (she lost to Anne Bancroft for “The Miracle Worker”), Crawford was skunked. What are your thoughts on Sarandon as Davis in “Feud”? Be sure to sound off in the comments section below or right here in our famous TV forums.

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