January 19, 2006 07:24:09 GMT
Jessica Lange and Tammy Blanchard will star in CBS' remake of "Sybil," taking on the roles made famous by Joanne Woodward and Sally Field
Gaining more popularity and public notice through her 1976 flick "King Kong," actress Jessica Lange will next star in CBS' remake of "Sybil." Based on Flora Rheta Schreiber's best-selling book of the same name, "Sybil" describes the real-life treatment from 1954-65 of a young woman who suffered from multiple personality disorder.
Team up with Tammy Blanchard, the twosome is about to portray the roles made famous by Joanne Woodward and Sally Field in NBC's 1976 adaptation. As of Blanchard, she's set to play the title character who's after a suicide attempt is introduced to psychiatrist Dr. Corneila Wilbur played by Lange. During their sessions, Sybil, who confides that she frequently loses her memory and can't account for large blocks of time, slowly remembers the physical, emotional and sexual abuse to which she was subjected as a child by her mentally disturbed mother.
Thus the story goes with Sybil created 16 different personalities to cope with the abuse she suffered from and did 11 years of treatment. Will direct the project is the Emmy-nominated Joseph Sargent.