Mrs. America recounts the movement to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) and the unexpected backlash led by Phyllis Schlafly, aka “the sweetheart of the silent majority.” Through the eyes of the women of the era, the FX series explores how one of the toughest battlegrounds in the culture wars of the 70s helped give rise to the Moral Majority and forever shifted the political landscape.
Release date: April 15, 2020
Network: FX On Hulu
Cast: Cate Blanchett, Rose Byrne, Sarah Paulson
Mrs. America is an upcoming American drama television miniseries starring Cate Blanchett, set to premiere on April 15, 2020 on Hulu.
“Mrs. America tells the true story of the movement to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment, and the unexpected backlash led by a conservative woman named Phyllis Schlafly, played by Blanchett. Through the eyes of the women of that era — both Schlafly and second-wave feminists Gloria Steinem, Betty Friedan, Shirley Chisholm, Bella Abzug and Jill Ruckelshaus — the series explores how one of the toughest battlegrounds in the culture wars of the ’70s helped give rise to the Moral Majority and forever shifted our political landscape.”
In October 2018, it was announced FX had ordered the miniseries, with Cate Blanchett announced to star.
In May 2019, Uzo Aduba, Rose Byrne, Kayli Carter, Ari Graynor, Melanie Lynskey, James Marsden, Margo Martindale, Sarah Paulson, John Slattery, Jeanne Tripplehorn and Tracey Ullman were added to the series. Elizabeth Banks was cast in June. Niecy Nash was cast in a recurring role in August, with Olivia Scriven cast in October. In November 2019, it was announced the show would premiere on Hulu instead of FX, as part of “FX on Hulu”. In January 2020, it was reported that the series is set to premiere on April 15, 2020.
Cate Blanchett is an Australian-American actress and theatre director. She is known for her roles in both blockbusters and independent films, and is the recipient of a number of accolades, including two Academy Awards, three Golden Globe Awards, and three BAFTA Awards. Time magazine named her one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2007 and in 2018, she was ranked among the highest-paid actresses in the world.
After graduating from the National Institute of Dramatic Art, Blanchett began her acting career on the Australian stage, taking on roles in Electra in 1992 and Hamlet in 1994. She came to international attention for portraying Elizabeth I of England in the drama film Elizabeth (1998), for which she won the BAFTA Award for Best Actress and earned her first nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress. Her portrayal of Katharine Hepburn in the biopic The Aviator (2004), earned her the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, and she won the Academy Award for Best Actress for playing a neurotic former socialite in the drama Blue Jasmine (2013). Her other Oscar-nominated roles were in the dramas Notes on a Scandal (2006), Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007), I’m Not There (2007), and Carol (2015).
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