The Oscar-winning actress will play Joy, a cancer survivor who befriends Laura Linney’s cancer afflicted character Cathy. Joy uses “her cancer experience in a unique way trying to inspire other people,” says creator Darlene Hunt. “She makes Cathy question whether she’s doing enough with her own cancer experience.”
This is not the first time Sarandon played a woman suffering from cancer. She also played a victim of the disease in the movie “Stepmom”.
The addition of Sarandon adds another big name to the Showtime series. Victor Garber will also be a high profile actor featured in a guest spot for the upcoming third season.
Season 3 of “The Big C” premieres Sunday, April 8 on Showtime.