Cate Blanchett is the latest Oscar winner to head to television in a bid for an Emmy. The actress will star in and produce "Mrs. America," a limited series for FX.
"Mrs. America" is based on the true story of the movement to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment. Blanchett will play Phyllis Schlafly, a conservative woman who led the unexpected backlash. The series is told from the perspective of women of that era —Schlafly and second wave feminists Gloria Steinem, Betty Friedan Shirley Chisholm, Bella Abzug and Jill Ruckelshaus.
It will will explore how one of the toughest battlegrounds in the culture wars of the '70s helped give rise to the Moral Majority and forever shifted the political landscape.
"Mrs. America" will mark Blanchett's first role on an American TV show. "I am extremely excited about delving into the material as there couldn’t be a more appropriate time to peel back the layers of this recent period of history, which couldn’t be more relevant today," she said in a statement.
Blanchett most recently appeared in this year's "Ocean's 8" and "The House With a Clock in Its Walls."