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After scooping up a few Emmys for Season 2, American Crime Story is headed to the White House for Season 3. Specifically, Impeachment: American Crime Story will retell the story of one of the biggest controversies to hit the United States Presidency in modern times: Bill Clinton's scandal with Monica Lewinsky.
The latest installment of American Crime Story will be written by Sarah Burgess, who has served as an executive producer on the show alongside television legend Ryan Murphy. FX recently announced some of the cast of the upcoming season, and as has been the case in the prior two seasons, there are some sizable names attached to tell this complicated story.
Sarah Paulson - Linda Tripp
Birdbox and former American Crime Story actress Sarah Paulson will play Linda Tripp (not Hilary Clinton) in Impeachment: American Crime Story, which is a role almost more important than that of Monica Lewinsky. It was Tripp's recorded conversations and testimony that brought to light a majority of the information now known about the affair between President Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky. Tripp was a colleague of Lewinsky's and recorded conversations between them in which Lewinsky spoke of the affair.
Tripp's involvement in the case was not appreciated by Monica Lewinsky, who publicly stated that she hated Tripp while under the testimony of the grand jury. Ryan Murphy fans have seen Sarah Paulson beyond American Crime Story, as she's been a part of the American Horror Story franchise since 2011.
Beanie Feldstein - Monica Lewinsky
Fresh off her appearance in the critically acclaimed comedy Booksmart, Beanie Feldstein has been tapped to play Monica Lewinsky. As many may know, Lewinsky was at the center of the scandal as the woman who was said to have had a number of sexual encounters with former President Bill Clinton. Those acts became public knowledge due to the nature of the impeachment investigation, and Lewinsky was forced to testify about them in front of a grand jury.
Many Americans likely know loosely of the story, but may not be too aware of Monica Lewinsky's personal struggle throughout the case. That seems to be the intention of Impeachment: American Crime Story, which is said to tap into the other facets of the lives of these women who got caught up in the legal scandals that surrounded the Clinton Presidency. Ryan Murphy initially balked at covering the scandal, but has since changed his mind, with Lewinsky now attached as a producer.
Annaleigh Ashford - Paula Jones
Annaleigh Ashford is back on American Crime Story, but this time, she isn't playing Elizabeth Cote. Instead, she'll be playing Paula Jones, a woman who had accused President Bill Clinton of sexual assault back when he was the Governor of the state of Arkansas.
As is the case with Monica Lewinsky, it's hard to tell the story Impeachment: American Crime Story is trying to tell without including Paula Jones. At this time there aren't a ton of details regarding how much of Jones' story will be in the season, although it is worth noting that her court case was later affected by the Monica Lewinsky scandal.
Impeachment: American Crime Story is set to premiere on FX Sunday, September 27, 2020 at 10:00 p.m. ET. Be sure to stick with CinemaBlend for more updates on the series, and the latest and greatest news on what's happening in television and movies.