Ryan Murphy has enjoyed success with his anthology shows, and the first season of American Crime Story was no exception. Focusing on the infamous murder trial of O.J. Simpson, the show featured a whole host of A-list names, including Cuba Gooding Jr., Sarah Paulson, David Schwimmer, and John Travolta.
Murphy and his fellow showrunner, Brad Falchuk, have plans for a further three seasons of American Crime Story (at least), with each focusing on a different high profile crime. Season two has the prefix Katrina, and will focus on the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, when the U.S. and State governments failed to act quickly enough, meaning thousands were left homeless for a very long time. Season three is prefixed Versace, and follows the killing of the fashion designer, Gianni Versace, who was gunned down on the steps of his Malibu home by Andrew Cunanan. Finally, season four will center around the impeachment of President Clinton for his affair with Monica Lewinsky.
Set to air early in 2018, Katrina is starting to round out its impressive cast list; joining Annette Benning as Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco, will be Matthew Broderick as Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Director Michael D. Brown. Brown, or Brownie as President Bush called him, was handed the job at FEMA even though he had no qualifications to carry out the role. He was perceived as being in over his head, evidenced by the way the environmental and humanitarian crisis took hold. In addition to Benning and Broderick, it is also heavily rumored that Paulson will return to the show, though her role is not known. One role that is known, though, is that of the President of the United States, George W. Bush, with EW reporting that Dennis Quaid has landed the part.
Bush played a massive role in the aftermath of Katrina, and his actions cause his rating to drop in opinion polls. Hindsight is a wonderful thing, of course, but though he might not be perceived as all that bad now, back then, the world watched, aghast, as a series of blunders were made that severely impacted upon people’s lives.
Quaid is familiar with Presidential roles; he’s already played Bill Clinton in the HBO film The Special Relationship. We can see him playing this President well, too. In an unusual move, Katrina is filming after Versace, evenn= though it will air first. The latter is filming now, on location in Malibu, with cast including Ricky Martin, Penelope Cruz, Darren Criss, and Edgar Ramirez.
Katrina: An American Crime Story, will air on FX in 2018.
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