Actress Susan Sarandon, an Academy Award winner for “Dead Man Walking” in 1995 and a four-time Emmy nominee, will take on a major role on the acclaimed Showtime drama series “Ray Donovan.”
Showtime announced today that Sarandon, who is currently appearing as Bette Davis in FX’s “Feud: Bette and Joan,” will play a season-long arc as film studio head Samantha Winslow. “Ray Donovan” returns for its fifth season this summer.
“One of Hollywood’s most acclaimed actresses, Susan Sarandon brings her own brand of sex appeal and intelligence to every role — from her fearless portrayal in ‘Bull Durham’ to her Oscar-nominated performances in ‘Thelma and Louise,’ ‘Lorenzo’s Oil,’ ‘The Client’ and ‘Atlantic City,’ and her Oscar- and SAG Award-winning role in ‘Dead Man Walking’ as Sister Helen, a nun consoling a death-row inmate,” Showtime says in its annoucement. “The hard-working actress has made a career of choosing diverse and challenging projects both in film and television, starting with her acting debut in the movie ‘Joe,’ which she soon followed with the 1975 cult classic ‘The Rocky Horror Picture Show.'”
“Ray Donovan” stars Liev Schreiber in a role that has earned him two Emmy nominations and three Golden Globe nominations. Schreiber plays “L.A.’s best professional fixer — the man called in to make the city’s celebrities, superstar athletes and business moguls’ most complicated and combustible situations go away,” Showtime notes. “Jon Voight also stars in his two-time Emmy nominated and Golden Globe-winning role as Mickey Donovan, Ray’s ex-con father from South Boston. Rounding out the ‘Ray Donovan’ cast are Paula Malcomson, Eddie Marsan, Dash Mihok, Steven Bauer, Katherine Moennig, Pooch Hall, Kerris Dorsey and Devon Bagby.”
The series is executive produced by David Hollander, Mark Gordon, Bryan Zuriff and Lou Fusaro and was created by Ann Biderman. The show has been one of the top-rated dramas of the summer, with season four averaging 5.1 million viewers across multiple platforms.