EXCLUSIVE: Feud: Capote’s wives has added another big name to its core star-studded cast. Molly Ringwald has joined the second part of FX’s Ryan Murphy and Plan B anthology series, sources tell Deadline. Reps for FX and 20. TV behind it feud Franchise, Comment Declined.
This marks a reunion for Murphy and Ringwald, who play Jeffrey Dahmer’s stepmother Shari Dahmer in Murphy’s Netflix limited series dahmerwhich debuts tomorrow, September 21.
in the Capote’s women, Ringwald joins previously cast Tom Hollander, Naomi Watts, Calista Flockhart, Diane Lane and Chloë Sevigny in the cast. Demi Moore is also in talks for a role.
The miniseries, an adaptation of Laurence Leamer’s bestseller, is set in the 1970s and concludes with the death of Truman Capote in 1984. It tells the story of the famous child prodigy (Hollander) who stabs several of his girlfriends – whom he considers his “Swans” – in the background by the publication of a roman clef short story entitled “La Côte Basque 1965” in Esquire in 1975.
His inner circle of swans included Babe Paley (Watts), wife of CBS boss Bill Paley; Slim Keith (Lane); Pamela Churchill Harriman, ex-wife of Winston’s son and future wife of Slim’s husband; Lee Radziwill (Flockhart), sister of Jackie Kennedy; Gloria Guinness and CZ Guest (Sevigny).
Ringwald will play Johnny Carson’s second wife, Joanne Carson, a good friend of Capote’s who was close to him until his death.
Two-time Oscar nominee Gus Van Sant will direct all eight episodes, while Tony and Pulitzer nominee Jon Robin Baitz will write and serve as showrunner for all episodes.
Baitz, Van Sant and Watts are executive producers Feud: Capote’s wives alongside Murphy, Dede Gardner, Tim Minear and Alexis Martin Woodall of Plan B – all of whom served as Executive Producer/Producer of Season 1 titled Feud: Bette and Joan. 20th Television is the producing studio with Plan B Entertainment and Ryan Murphy Productions. Filming is slated to begin in New York this fall.
Ringwald recently played Archie’s mother, Mary Andrews, on the CWs Riverdale and had a memorable cameo in the breakout hit FX series The bear. Ringward is the bestselling author of Getting the Pretty Back: Friendship, Family and Finding the Perfect Lipstick and When It Happens to You: A Novel of Stories, and is represented by Untitled Entertainment and Barking Dog Entertainment.