The executive producer made the announcement on Twitter.
She’ll play Oscar-winning actress Geraldine Page in the FX series about the legendary battle between movie stars Joan Crawford and Bette Davis, who’ll be played by Susan Sarandon and Jessica Lange. Murphy also recently announced that Catherine Zeta-Jones will be playing Olivia de Havilland.
Paulson has long been a frequent collaborator with Murphy. She’s currently up for two Emmy nominations for her work in two of his series, “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” as well as the fifth season of “American Horror Story.” She’s appeared in every season of the horror anthology series, and she’s slated to star in the second season of the “American Crime Story” franchise, which will revolve around Hurricane Katrina. They first started working together back in 2004, when he cast her in “Nip/Tuck.”
In an interview last year with Variety, Paulson said, “There’s nothing he could ask me to do that I would say no to. Ever.”
“Feud” is Murphy’s third anthology series with FX, following “American Horror Story” and “American Crime Story.” Each installment of “Feud” will focus on a different epic battle. The first season will tell the story between Crawford (Lange) and Davis (Sarandon) and how they came together in 1962 to collaborate on “What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?” which received five Academy Award nominations and became a cult classic.
Hailing from Fox 21 Television Studios, Ryan Murphy Productions and Pitt’s Plan B Entertainment, “Feud” — which landed a straight-to-series order — is based on the script “Best Actress” by Jaffe Cohen and Michael Zam, which Murphy purchased.
“Feud” heads into production this fall and will debut in 2017 on FX.