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Newcomer Ella Beatty Joins FX’s ‘Feud’ Season 2

Newcomer Ella Beatty has joined Season 2 of Ryan Murphy’s “Feud” anthology series in a key role. 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.”

Beatty will join previously announced cast Naomi WattsChloë Sevigny, Tom HollanderDiane Lane, Calista Flockhart, Demi Moore and Molly Ringwald.

It was previously announced that Watts will play famed socialite Barbara “Babe” Paley, while Sevigny will play C.Z. Guest. Hollander will star as Capote, with Lane playing Nancy “Slim” Keith, Flockhart playing Lee Radziwill and Moore will star as socialite Ann Woodward.

According to Deadline, Beatty will play Kerry O’Shea, the daughter of John O’Shea, Truman’s longtime lover. Truman later changes Kerry’s name to Kate. Estranged from both her parents, Kate is taken under Truman’s wing as his protégée, who introduces her to both the exhilaration of fashion, modeling, art and literature, as well as the heartbreak of watching another parental figure fall into a decline.

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.

Production is slated to begin in New York this Fall.

Per Deadline, Beatty is a 2022 graduate of The Juilliard School, and Feud marks her television acting debut.

Source: Deadline

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