Americans will soon get to relive what has been referred to as the "scandal of the century," as the next installment of FX's American Crime Story series will explore former president Bill Clinton's impeachment from the perspective of three prominent women involved. According to the network, the story "unravels the national scandal that swept up Paula Jones, Monica Lewinsky, and Linda Tripp as principal characters in the country's first impeachment proceedings in over a century." Called Impeachment: American Crime Story, the third edition of the limited series anthology has also been given a Sept. 27, 2020 premiere date.
Although the part of Bill Clinton has yet to be filled, casting is now underway for the project with several major names already attached. Beanie Feldstein (Booksmart) has been cast as former White House intern Monica Lewinsky, who's probably the most well-known of the real-life women involved in the political scandal. Emmy-winning actress and American Horror Story and American Crime Story alum Sarah Paulson is also on board to play Lewinsky confidante Linda Tripp. In addition, Annaleigh Ashford (Legally Blonde) has been signed onto the series as well, portraying Clinton accuser and former Arkansas state employee Paula Jones. Something Lewinsky, Tripp, and Jones all have in common is how the infamous '90s scandal made them all household names.
While also clearly taking influence from the national media attention surrounding the scandal, Impeachment is based on author Jeffrey Toobin's bestselling book A Vast Conspiracy: The Real Story of the Sex Scandal That Nearly Brought Down a President as adapted by Sarah Burgess. As it sounds, the book heavily details the various accusations of sexual misconduct against the former president of the United States as well as the following impeachment proceedings. The real Monica Lewinsky is also serving as a producer, along with executive producers Ryan Murphy, Nina Jacobson, Brad Simpson, Brad Falchuk, Larry Karaszewski, Scott Alexander, Alexis Martin Woodall, and Sarah Paulson.
The first limited series of American Crime Story premiered in 2016 and focused on another major news story from the '90s. Sub-titled The People v O. J. Simpson, the limited run series followed the double-homicide trial of NFL star O. J. Simpson which ultimately saw him acquitted. Cuba Gooding Jr. starred as the notorious celebrity, joined in the cast by Sarah Paulson, Courtney B. Vance, Sterling K. Brown, David Schwimmer, Nathan Lane, and John Travolta. The second season, The Assassination of Gianni Versace, explored the murder of the Italian designer by spree killer Andrea Cunanan. Édgar Ramírez, Darren Criss, Ricky Martin, and Penélope Cruz starred.
"This franchise re-examines some of the most complicated, polarizing stories in recent history in a way that is relevant, nuanced and entertaining," FX Networks chairman John Landgraf says of the upcoming installment. "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." The series is set to premiere on Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020. This news comes to us from Entertainment Weekly.