The Ryan Murphy-produced crime drama anthology series American Crime Story is returning for a third season, which is set to focus on the impeachment saga of President Bill Clinton in the late 1990s. Adding a special insight into the production, central figure to the drama Monica Lewinsky will act as producer of the upcoming season. The Hollywood Reporter reported the news late Tuesday afternoon.
During the Television Critics Association press tour, the FX network announced the news regarding the next chapter in the franchise. Titled Impeachment: American Crime Story, series regular Sarah Paulson will play Linda Tripp, Beanie Feldstein (Lady Bird, Booksmart, FX’s What We Do in the Shadows) will play Lewinsky, and Annaleigh Ashford (Masters Of Sex and season two of American Crime Story) will play Paula Jones. Writer Sarah Burgess wrote the script for the third season, which is based on the Jeffrey Toobin best-seller A Vast Conspiracy: The Real Story of the Sex Scandal That Nearly Brought Down a President.
Back in April, Murphy expressed how he felt that Lewinsky needed to play a part in the production since the event pushed her into the national spotlight.
“I told her, ‘Nobody should tell your story but you, and it’s kind of gross if they do. If you want to produce it with me, I would love that; but you should be the producer and you should make all the goddamn money.'”
FX CEO John Landgraf made his announcement via a release on Tuesday afternoon:
“This franchise re-examines some of the most complicated, polarizing stories in recent history in a way that is relevant, nuanced and entertaining. Impeachment: American Crime Story will likewise explore the overlooked dimensions of the women who found themselves caught up in the scandal and political war that cast a long shadow over the Clinton presidency.”
In the many years since the scandal and impeachment, Lewinsky has rebranded herself, destroying any shackle from her past that may have tried to hold her down. She is a contributor to Vanity Fair, has appeared on TED Talks, and prides herself on being a staunch anti-bullying activist. She appeared earlier this year on an episode of HBO’s Last Week Tonight With John Oliver which focused on the subject of bullying. With the inspiration of Toobin’s book and Lewinsky signed on to produce, it will be interesting to see the story ACS presents in this already politically-motivated moment in history. Additionally, with a Democratic Party and ideology that has altered since the late 90s—thanks to the impact made by the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements—it’ll be interesting to see how the Clintons are represented in the anthology’s third outing.
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Source: The Hollywood Reporter.