Sissy Spacek to Play Michelle Williams’ Mother on FX’s Dying for Sex

Sissy Spacek is heading back to the small screen, this time playing mother to Michelle Williams in the upcoming FX limited series Dying for Sex, our sister site Deadline reports.

Based on the podcast of the same name, Dying for Sex follows Molly (Williams), a woman who leaves her husband of 15 years and begins to explore her sexuality after being diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer. Molly is supported on her journey by her best friend (Jenny Slate), who remains by her side through it all. Spacek’s character Gail “has a complicated history with her daughter.”

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Other previously announced cast members include Rob Delaney, David Rasche, Esco Jouléy, Jay Duplass and Kelvin Yu.

Showrunners Liz Meriwether and Kim Rosenstock are executive-producing the limited series alongside Katherine Pope, Nikki Boyer (host and creator of the original Dying for Sex podcast), Jen Sargent, Marshall Lewy, Aaron Hart, and Hernan Lopez.

In addition to her esteemed film career, which includes a 1981 Academy Award win for Best Actress in Coal Miner’s Daughter, Spacek also has an impressive small-screen resume. She has been nominated twice for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie at the Primetime Emmy Awards — first for The Good Old Boys in 1995, then for Last Call in 2002. She also received an Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series nomination for Big Love in 2010.

Spacek’s recent TV credits include roles on Prime Video’s Night Sky (2022), Prime Video’s Homecoming (2018) and Hulu’s Castle Rock (2018).

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