According to The Hollywood Reporter, Susan Sarandon is circling the role of Victoria Barkley in the big-screen version of The Big Valley.

Kate Edelman Johnson is producing this feature version of the TV show that was created by her late father, producer Louis F. Edelman, and writer A.I. Bezzerides. The Big Valley ran on ABC from 1965-69. It starred Barbara Stanwyck as the matriarch of a ranching family in the 1870s San Joaquin Valley.

Sarandon would take on the role originated by Stanwyck.

Daniel Adams (The Lightkeepers) has penned the feature screenplay and will also direct.

The plan is for The Big Valley to start shooting in May for principal photography in Michigan and New Mexico.

"I am so thrilled to be filming this project, not only to honor my father and Miss Stanwyck but to bring a great woman's part to the screen as head of this historical family saga," Edelman Johnson stated.

Evan Jacobs