A new season of American Crime Story will follow a presidential impeachment—unfortunately, not the one we’ve all been dreaming of. The third chapter of the FX hit series will unravel the story behind President Clinton’s affair Monica Lewinsky and the 1999 impeachment proceedings it led to.
Monica Lewinsky is not only set to be one of the main characters in Impeachment: American Crime Story—she will be played by actress Beanie Feldstein, known for her parts in Lady Bird and Booksmart—, but the former White House intern will also serve as a producer of the show.
“I was hesitant, and truthfully more than a little scared to sign on,” Lewinsky admitted in a statement to Vanity Fair. “But after a lengthy dinner meeting with [producer Ryan Murphy], I came to understand even more clearly how dedicated he is to giving a voice to the marginalized in all of his brilliant work.” She added: “People have been co-opting and telling my part in the story for decades.”
Impeachment has also cast Annaleigh Ashford as Paula Jones, a former Arkansas state employee who sued Bill Clinton for sexual harassment, and ACS vet Sarah Paulson on the role of Linda Tripp, the civil servant who secretly recorded Monica Lewinsky’s phone calls about the affair with the president.
The new season of American Crime Story is set to air in 2020, in the run-up to next year’s presidential election. And something tells us the timing is no coincidence.