Ryan Murphy’s FX anthology series American Crime Story has tackled major national news stories, like the O.J. Simpson trial and the murder of Gianni Versace, in its first two seasons. Season three, which will be called Impeachment: American Crime Story, will tell the story of the attempt to remove President Bill Clinton from office in the late ’90s after it was revealed he had a relationship with then-White House intern Monica Lewinsky.
“This franchise reexamines some of the most complicated, polarizing stories in recent history in a way that is relevant, nuanced, and entertaining,” John Landgraf, chairman of FX Networks and FX Productions, said about the series. “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.”
Here’s everything we know so far about American Crime Story‘s third installment.
The cast: Beanie Feldstein will star as Lewinsky, with Murphy staple Sarah Paulson playing Linda Tripp, whose secret recordings of Lewinsky led to the investigation. Annaleigh Ashford will play Clinton accuser Paula Jones.
Monica Lewinksy is a producer on the show. The story of the Clinton scandal has been told many times, but with Lewinsky’s involvement, we’re sure to get a different perspective on events.
“Nobody should tell your story but you, and it’s kind of gross if they do,” Murphy says he told Lewinsky, per a Vanity Fair article. He told her, “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.”
Lewinsky also revealed to VF why she said yes. “I was hesitant, and truthfully more than a little scared to sign on. But after a lengthy dinner meeting with Ryan, I came to understand even more clearly how dedicated he is to giving a voice to the marginalized in all of his brilliant work. I’m privileged to work with him and the other talented people on the team, and I’m privileged to have this opportunity,” she said. “People have been co-opting and telling my part in this story for decades. In fact, it wasn’t until the past few years that I’ve been able to fully reclaim my narrative, almost 20 years later.”
“But I’m so grateful for the growth we’ve made as a society that allows people like me who have been historically silenced to finally reintroduce my voice to the conversation,” Lewinsky continued. “This isn’t just a me problem. Powerful people, often men, take advantage of those subordinate to them in myriad ways all the time. Many people will see this as such a story and for that reason, this narrative is one that is, regretfully, evergreen.”
The source material. Along with Lewinsky’s input, the season will be based on Jeffrey Toobin’s best-selling book A Vast Conspiracy: The Real Story of the Sex Scandal That Nearly Brought Down a President.
The premiere date. September 7 on FX.
And now, Beanie as Monica. On August 2, the rising star posted the first poster for the new series on her Instagram page, writing in the caption, “Every side has a story.”
This post will be updated as new details emerge.