Susan Sarandon will take on one of Hollywood's most famous conflicts in Ryan Murphy's new series Feud

By Lindsay Kimble
Updated May 17, 2016 04:10 PM

It’s been decades since Bette Davis and Joan Crawford collaborated onscreen for the iconic film Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?, but, if you ask Susan Sarandon, not much has necessarily changed.

The actress tells Entertainment Weekly and PEOPLE at the Cannes Film Festival that her new FX series, Feud, is “the examination of Hollywood through the time of Bette Davis and Joan Crawford.”

“The question is whether or not things have actually changed that much,” Sarandon explains. “Do we pit women against women? Do the studios still have more power than individual women?”

The show, which stars Sarandon as Davis and Jessica Lange as Crawford, will air on FX in 2017 and is directed by Ryan Murphy. Feud will focus on the actresses’ famously contentious relationship while filming the 1962 Academy Award winner.

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Sarandon sees the light, however, noting that her last three films have been directed by women – including recent release The Meddler.

“I don’t know,” she says. “I’ve lucked out and fallen into a pocket of women directors.”

The Feud will also feature Alfred Molina as Baby Jane director Robert Aldrich, Judy Davis as Hedda Hopper and Stanley Tucci as studio head Jack Warner.