Susan Sarandon is opening up about her upcoming television series “Feud,” created by Ryan Murphy and co-starring Jessica Lange. During an interview with Entertainment Weekly in Cannes the actress praised the series for its contemporary view on gender inequality through the lens of Hollywood’s past pop culture infamous battles.
Sarandon stars as Bette Davis, who works with Joan Crawford (Lange) on the film “What Ever Happened to Baby Jane.” Despite hating working together, the actresses team up to make a successful blockbuster.
“In the examination of Hollywood through the time of Bette Davis and Joan Crawford, the question is whether or not things have actually changed that much,” she said. “Do we pit women against women? Do the studios still have more power than individual women?”
While the anthology series is set to have Murphy direct a handful of episodes, female helmers will also have a chance to take part in the creation of the first season.
“Ryan’s doing a great thing, because he’s having half of [the episodes] directed by women,” the actress addressed. “So his company now will go out of its way to encourage women to direct.”
The series also includes Alfred Molina, Stanley Tucci, Judy Davis and Dominic Burgess.
Sarandon recently made headlines during her time at Cannes when she commented on Woody Allen’s rape allegations during a Women in Motion talk held by Variety. “I think he sexually assaulted a child and I don’t think that’s right.”
Adding, “I have nothing good to say about him.”
“Feud” is set to premiere on FX in 2017.