New artwork for the much-anticipated Feud: Bette and Joan miniseries on FX has been posted to Facebook.
The miniseries is loosely based on Shaun Considine’s wonderfully trashy, compulsively readable* 1989 dual biography, Bette and Joan: The Divine Feud, which was itself somewhat loosely based on the lives of Bette Davis, the actress, and Joan Crawford, the movie star. It focuses on what happened during the 1962 production of Whatever Happened To Baby Jane?, which was the only time they co-starred in a film.
The casting is impeccable, with Oscar winners Susan Sarandon as Bette Davis and Jessica Lange as Joan Crawford. And look at this supporting cast:
- Alfred Molina as Robert Aldrich
- Sarah Paulson as Geraldine Page
- Stanley Tucci as Jack L. Warner
- Judy Davis as Hedda Hopper
- Catherine Zeta-Jones as Olivia de Havilland
- Jackie Hoffman as Mamasita
- Kathy Bates as Joan Blondell
The first episode of Feud: Bette and Joan will screen on FX on 5 March 2017.
*A few days before the holiday, I gave a copy of Bette and Joan: The Divine Feud to a friend for Christmas the year it was published. He took the wrapped package and could tell it was a book. Clearly disappointed, he said, “But…I don’t read books.”
He called me around 8PM on Christmas, to tell me that he’d opened the present that morning, and he’d been reading it ever since.