Cate Blanchett has widely been praised as one of the very best actresses in the modern age. The two-time Oscar winner has continually proved to be among the most versatile performers, bending genre, hero and villain roles regularly. She can also flow seamlessly between big-budget productions of “Thor” and “Cinderella” with quiet indie dramas like “Blue Jasmine” or “Carol.” It makes sense that every franchise and filmmaker would want to team up with her, but Blanchett may be swerving into a new lane. After the success of Nicole Kidman, Resse Witherspoon and more, Blanchett will move to television. She will star as one of the lead characters in “Mrs. America” for FX, a new limited series about women’s rights during the 20th century.
FX announced the deal yesterday, which will give Blanchett the ability to play Phyllis Schlafly. Schlafly became a large figure in the fight over the Equal Rights Amendment, which sought to empower women. She also led fights against abortion rights for women and the gay rights movement of the 1970s. The conservative firebrand became a rallying cry for those on the right and found herself in some of the largest cultural battles of the century. There is little surprise that Blanchett would seek out this role.
With Blanchett having the ability to jump between hero and villains on the drop of the hat, we know she can bring levels to any kind of character. The show will feature on many women’s rights leaders, including Gloria Steinem, Betty Friedan, Shirley Chisholm and more. This will give Blanchett a showy role opposite that ensemble and feels primed for awards contention. “Mrs. America” will likely get its legs fast now that Blanchett signed on, so keep an eye out for blockbuster casting on this one.