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After directing a string of projects, Elizabeth Banks is getting back in front of the camera, this time for a star-studded limited series.

Variety reports that Banks is set to co-star in the upcoming FX drama "Mrs. America," which tells the true story behind the attempt -- and ultimate failure -- to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) in 1972. The actress joins a stacked ensemble led by Oscar winner Cate Blanchett, who's playing Phyllis Schlafly, a conservative woman who launched a crusade against the amendment.

Banks is set to play a woman named Jill Ruckelshaus, who Variety describes as "a pro-choice, socially progressive Republican who was appointed by President Ford to advance women’s rights and fought to keep the Republican Party from being taken over by Phyllis Schlafly and the Religious Right." The rest of the starry cast includes Uzo Aduba, Rose Byrne, Kayli Carter, Ari Graynor, Melanie Lynskey, James Marsden, Margo Martindale, Sarah Paulson, John Slattery, Jeanne Tripplehorn, and Tracey Ullman.

Based on that group of talent alone, we're extremely excited for this series. Add in the bonus of it airing on FX (which has a knack for limited series, including "American Horror Story" and "American Crime Story"), and its behind the scenes creatives (who include "Captain Marvel" directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, who are helming the first two episodes and producing the series), and "Mrs. America" sounds like a winner.

The series is expected to air on FX sometime in 2020.

[via: Variety]