Pop Goes The News – Cate Blanchett is coming to Canada next month to start work on the new series Mrs. America.
The 49-year-old Oscar winner will star as real-life conservative activist Phyllis Schlafly in a new limited series for U.S. cable channel FX. Nine episodes will be filmed in Toronto.
Mrs. America will explore the rise of feminism and the female empowerment movement in the ‘70s. Blanchett is an executive producer along with Dahvi Waller (Mad Men), Stacey Sher and Coco Francini.
Schlafly was a constitutional lawyer and anti-feminist who successfully campaigned against ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. She died in 2016 at 92.
Blanchett has been nominated six times for Oscars and won Best Supporting Actress for 2005’s The Aviator (which was partly shot in Quebec) and Best Actress for 2014’s Blue Jasmine. Last year she starred in Ocean’s 8 and The House With a Clock in Its Walls.
Mrs. America is the second high-profile project about women’s rights in the U.S. to be made in Canada recently.
The feature film On The Basis of Sex, which tells the story of U.S. Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s early fight for equal rights, was primarily shot in Montreal in the summer of 2017.