Cate Blanchett heads to TV in FX’s Limited Series Mrs. America


Oscar and Golden-Globe winner Cate Blanchett has signed on to star in Mrs. America, a limited series from FX.

FX has ordered 9 episodes of the topical Mrs. America, which, according to Deadline, will center on the struggle over the Equal Rights Amendment in the 1970s. At the time, it seemed like the amendment would be ratified to the United States Constitution until one woman, Phyllis Schlafly, led a conservative opposition movement against it. Cate Blanchett will play Schlafly.

The series will look at the battle over the amendment through the eyes of both Schlafly and second-wave feminists like Gloria Steinem, Betty Friedan, and Shirley Chisholm. It will also examine how the fight for the Equal Rights Amendment birthed the Moral Majority and shifted America’s political landscape.

Mrs. America is brought to the screen by Davhi Waller (Halt & Catch Fire, Mad Men), Stacey Sher (Into the Badlands, The Hateful Eight), and FX Productions. Waller will showrun and executive produce. Blanchett, Sher, and Coco Fancini (Skylanders Academy) will also serve as executive producers.

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This will be Australian actor Blanchett’s first foray into American television. Blanchett is an accomplished actress who easily moves between indie and popular films, television and theater. She has won two Academy Awards and three Golden Globes and most recently starred in The House with a Clock in Its Walls and Ocean’s Eight. She will next be seen in Where’d You Go Bernadette and heard in the animated How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World. She will also guest star in a 2019 episode of Documentary Now! on IFC as a Marina Abramovic-inspired performance artist.C

Of her involvement in Mrs. America, Blanchett said,

"I feel privileged to have this opportunity to collaborate with Dahvi, Stacey and Coco under the robust and fearless FX umbrella. I am extremely excited about delving into the material as there couldn’t be a more appropriate time to peel back the layers of this recent period of history, which couldn’t be more relevant today."

Cate Blanchett’s name will help draw an audience to the timely but tough subject matter of the show.

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FX has continued to expand its roster of original prestige programming with shows like Atlanta, The Americans, and Pose. Mrs. America maintains that tradition and enables the network to preserve its relevance in the streaming era.

Filming on Mrs. America will begin in 2019.

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