Mrs. America: Sarah Paulson, Uzo Aduba, James Marsden and more cast opposite Cate Blanchett in limited series


A veritable whos-who of Hollywood stars is joining Cate Blanchett in the upcoming FX limited series Mrs. America.

The list of starry names that has been cast in Mrs. America includes Rose Byrne, Sarah Paulson, Uzo Aduba, and James Marsden, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Margo Martindale, John Slattery, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Tracey Ullman, Melanie Lynskey, Ari Graynor, and Kayli Carter were also cast.

Cate Blanchett had previously signed on to star in and executive produce the 9-episode series, which centers on the struggle to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment in the 1970s. Blanchett plays Phyllis Schlafly, the woman who led the conservative opposition movement against the amendment.

In addition to exploring Schlafly’s perspective, Mrs. America will look at the battle over the amendment through the eyes of second-wave feminists, including Byrne’s Gloria Steinem, Ullman’s Betty Friedan, Aduba’s Shirley Chisholm, and Martindale’s Bella Abzug. The series will also examine how the fight for the Equal Rights Amendment birthed the Moral Majority and shifted America’s political landscape.

Captain Marvel co-writers and co-directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck will direct Mrs. America‘s first two episodes and serve as executive producers alongside Blanchett. Also executive producing is Dahvi Waller (Mad Men) who will also write the script and showrun the series.

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With the level of talent Mrs. America is attracting, the series seems like a slam-dunk as an eventual awards contender. The series’ use of a historical moment to examine issues that are still topical today, including equal rights and the political divide, could also make this series especially interesting to audiences.

Which newly cast actor are you looking forward to watching in Mrs. America when it airs on FX? Have your say in the comments.