FX has dropped the first trailer for the limited series, Mrs. America.
The official description from the network: Mrs. America tells the story of the movement to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), and the unexpected backlash led by a conservative woman named Phyllis Schlafly, played by [Cate] 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.
Blanchett, in her first role ever in a U.S. television series, portrays Schlafly and Aduba will play Chisholm. Rose Byrne will play Gloria Steinem, Kayli Carter will play Pamela (fictional character), Ari Graynor will play Brenda Feigen-Fasteau, Melanie Lynskey will play Rosemary Thomson, James Marsden will play Phil Carne, Margo Martindale will play Bella Abzug, Sarah Paulson will play Alice (fictional character), Niecy Nash is Flo Kennedy, John Slattery will play Fred Schlafly, Jeanne Tripplehorn will play Eleanor Schlafly and Tracey Ullman will play Betty Friedan.
During the Television Critics Association press tour Thursday, Aduba said the series would “right a cultural wrong,” explaining, “Her very effective role and presence in that period was incredibly powerful for all women — especially for women of color — and important now.” She added that “we’ve glossed over some of those intersectional figures and their importance and their relevance in the story.” The series’ third episode will see Aduba’s Chisholm at the forefront.
This is the second portrayal of Chisholm coming up. Viola Davis will portray her in a movie she’s exec producing at Amazon Studios, directed by Maggie Betts. This is also the second portrayal of Kennedy that is set. Lorraine Toussaint will portray her in the Gloria Steinem film, The Glorias. Janelle Monáe will play Dorothy Pitman Hughes in that film.
Watch the trailer for Mrs. America below. It debuts on April 15 on Disney’s FX on Hulu.
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