Kathy Bates Joins Ryan Murphy’s ‘Feud’ as Joan Blondell

Eight-episode series will focus on rivalry between Joan Crawford and Bette Davis

Kathy Bates has been cast in Ryan Murphy’s upcoming FX series “Feud,” TheWrap has confirmed.

The series will focus on famous feuds, as the title suggests, with the first season focusing on Joan Crawford and Bette Davis’ animosity on the set of “What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?” Jessica Lange will star as Crawford and Susan Sarandon will play Davis.

Bates will play Oscar nominee Joan Blondell, known for her work in hit films like “The Blue Veil,” “The Champ” and “The Cincinatti Kid.” Bates has been a frequent collaborator with Murphy, having appeared in four seasons of “American Horror Story.”

Catherine Zeta-Jones will play legendary actress Olivia de Havilland, while Murphy mainstay Sarah Paulson will play Geraldine Page.

Stanley Tucci will play famed studio boss Jack Warner on the series, with Alfred Molina playing film director Robert Aldrich. In addition, Dominic Burgess will appear as co-star Victor Buono, and Judy Davis will play famed gossip columnist Hedda Hopper.

Brad Pitt will executive produce the series under his Plan B Entertainment banner, along with producing partner Dede Gardner. Murphy will also serve as an executive producer on the series, with Sarandon and Lange also getting producer credits. Fox 21 Television Studios will produce.

TV Line first reported this news.