FX’s Mrs. America adds Sarah Paulson, James Marsden and more
According to TVLine, FX has rounded out the cast for their forthcoming limited series Mrs. America with a star-studded ensemble including Golden Globe winners Sarah Paulson (American Horror Story, American Crime Story) and Rose Bryne (Damages) along with James Marsden (Westworld), and Uzo Aduba (Orange is the New Black).
They join Academy Award-winning actress Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine), who will star as conservative radical Phyllis Schlafly. The series will be the third collaboration between Paulson and Blanchett, who both worked on Carol and Ocean’s 8.
Mrs. America will also include John Slattery (Mad Men) as Fred Schlafly, Margo Martindale (The Americans) as Bella Abzug, Ari Graynor (I’m Dying Up Here) as Brenda Feigen-Fasteau, Melanie Lynskey (Castle Rock) as Rosemary Thomson, Tracey Ullman (The Tracey Ullman Show) as Betty Friedan, Jeanne Tripplehorn (Criminal Minds) as Eleanor Schlafly, and Kayli Carter (Godless) as Pamela.
Mrs. America will narrate the modern history of the women’s movement and comes from Emmy-winner producer/writer Dahvi Waller (Mad Men, Halt and Catch Fire) for FX Productions. Captain Marvel helmers Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck are set to serve as executive producers and will be directing the first two episodes.
The series will explore the true story of the rise of feminism through the eyes of Schlafly, who led the backlash to the work of second-wave feminists like Gloria Steinem, Betty Friedan, Shirley Chisholm, Bella Abzug, and Jill Ruckelshaus. Schlafly waged a campaign against the passage of the ERA as well as against the legalization of abortion and the gay rights movement. FX said the show would look at how the tension over the female empowerment movement helped change the political and cultural landscape.
Mrs. America was given a nine-episode order and will be executive produced by Waller, Blanchett, Stacey Sher, and Coco Francini. Production is expected to begin in sometime this year.