Chris Chalk (Perry Mason) is set to play James Baldwin in Season 2 of Ryan Murphy’s “Feud” anthology series. The second season will be titled Capote’s Women and is based on the book “Capote’s Women: A True Story of Love, Betrayal, and a Swan Song for an Era” by Laurence Leamer.
An adaptation of Laurence Leamer’s bestselling book “Capote’s Women: A True Story of Love, Betrayal, and a Swan Song for an Era,” the miniseries is set in the 1970s, and ends with Truman Capote’s death in 1984. It chronicles the tale of the famous wunderkind author as he stabs several of his female friends — whom he called his “swans” — in the back by publishing a roman à clef short story called “La Côte Basque 1965” in Esquire in 1975. The piece was intended to be a chapter in Capote’s infamous unfinished novel “Answered Prayers,” his followup to the blockbuster “In Cold Blood.”
Chalk will join previously announced cast Naomi Watts, Chloë Sevigny, Tom Hollander, Diane Lane, Calista Flockhart, Demi Moore, Molly Ringwald, Treat Williams and newcomer Ella Beatty.
It was previously announced that Ringwald will play Joanne Carson, ex-wife of Johnny Carson, while Calista Flockhart stars as Barbara ‘Babe’ Paley, Naomi Watts as Jackie Kennedy’s sister Lee Radziwill, Chloë Sevigny as C.Z. Guest and Diane Lane as Nancy ‘Slim’ Keith. Truman Capote will be played by Tom Hollander.
The eight-episode season will be directed by two-time Oscar nominee Gus Van Sant. Jon Robin Baitz will write the new season and serve as showrunner.
Baitz, Van Sant and Watts are executive producing Feud: Capote’s Women alongside Murphy, Plan B’s Dede Gardner, Tim Minear, and Alexis Martin Woodall, who all executive produced/produced Season 1, Feud: Bette and Joan. 20th Television is the studio, producing with Plan B Entertainment and Ryan Murphy Productions.
“Feud: Capote’s Women” is set to premiere next year.
Chalk’s credits include playing private detective Paul Drake in HBO’s Perry Mason, Gotham, Homeland, 12 Years a Slave and When They See Us.