Ryan Murphy Divulges More Info About ‘Feud’ Season 2: Princess Diane & Charles

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If you loved Feud: Bette and Joan, chances are you’re going to love Feud: Diana and Charles, the story about the marriage of the late Princess Diana and Prince Charles: the infidelity, the secrets, the crushed dreams — perfect for a Ryan Murphy show, eh?

Ryan recently sat down with Entertainment Weekly about production, and how it’s looking thus far.

“Season 2 is casting,” Ryan confirmed. “Jon Robin Baitz and Ned Martel are writing it with me. It’s going to be super juicy. It’s a very different kind of feud than the feud we told with Bette and Joan. It’s a love affair feud.”

As far as who will play Diana (though it was rumored to be Sara Paulson): “I don’t know. It’s become sort of a Scarlett O’Hara part. A lot of people want to be Diana, and we’re doing a very sympathetic portrayal of her. I don’t know. I’m open to both. I don’t know where we’re going to land.”

Finding wonderful parts for women of a certain age is rare, but Ryan Murphy is vowing to change that. When suggested that if Joan Crawford and Bette Davis were around today, he’d give them parts, Ryan responded:

“Yeah. I mean, I love actors, but I really love actresses, and I really love actresses whose work touched and informed my coming-up years. I felt that way about Jessica and Susan. I probably would have. I probably would have tried to,” he said. “I looked at what happened to them at the end of their careers as a tragedy—it’s a tragedy that Joan Crawford would have to do Trog. And it’s a tragedy that Bette Davis would have to do eight failed pilots, and none of them would ever get picked up to series.”

He continued: “But to me, the triumph of it is that they never gave up, and they kept working, and they were always thinking, ‘Okay this next one is going to be the one!’ And isn’t that what show business really is, anyways? So I thought it was great that they kept working and writing till the end of their days. You can say what you want about both of them—particularly Joan Crawford gets slagged a lot. But you can never question her work ethic or how hard she tried, and that is the triumph of the human spirit, and I wanted to show that about both of them.”