Saturday, April 20, 2024

Susan Sarandon and Jessica Lange to Play Bette Davis-Joan Crawford “Baby Jane” Feud for TV


It’s come to this, has it? Susan Sarandon will play Bette Davis and Jessica Lange will take on Joan Crawford in a TV re-creation of one Old Hollywood’s most notorious feuds.

Davis and Crawford were always rivals. But when they co-starred in the camp classic “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?” that was it. They really came to hate each other.

Now Sarandon and Lange will bring this hoary old saga to life in the first episode of a new Ryan Murphy produced series for F/X called “Feud.” Murphy is producing along with Dee Gardner and Brad Pitt.

The cast includes celebrated actors Alfred Molina as the film’s director Robert Aldrich, Stanley Tucci as studio titan Jack Warner, Judy Davis as gossip columnist Hedda Hopper and Dominic Burgess as Crawford and Davis’ co-star Victor Buono.

That’s Victor Buono of “Batman” fame to us kids.

There will be seven other “Feud”s in the series. Can you think of some? How about Debra Winger v. Shirley MacLaine? Johnny Carson v. Joan Rivers? And you can already guess that Murphy is writing one for Lady Gaga. This series will be good campy fun. (Hey– how about Simon and Garfunkel? Jason Schwartzman and Charlie Puth as the young singing duo who come to hate each other?)

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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