Following the success of The People v. O.J. Simpson, Ryan Murphy is gearing up for another installment in his American Crime Story anthology series, subtitled Katrina. This time, the show will focus on the devastating hurricane of 2005 and its aftermath, including the Bush Administration's mishandling of the New Orleans crisis.
Entertainment Weekly is reporting that #DennisQuaid has been cast as former President George W. Bush. Surprisingly, Quaid is no stranger to playing presidents. He played President Bill Clinton in the TV film The Special Relationship, a sequel to The Queen starring Dame Helen Mirren. The portrayal earned Quaid nominations for a Golden Globe, an Emmy and Screen Actors Guild Award. So we can rest easy about the quality of his performance for now.
This isn't George W. Bush's first dramatic depiction either. He was played by Josh Brolin in the 2008 biographical film W., directed by Oliver Stone.
The #Katrina series comes at an interesting time in U.S. politics. Many voters, unhappy with Donald Trump's presidency, have reassessed their opinions of Bush; it's not uncommon for Americans who disliked Bush at the time to express some degree of nostalgia for him, due to Trump's unpredictability. However, American Crime Story may remind viewers of how they felt in the early 2000s, especially with Bush's praise of Federal Emergency Management Agency head Michael D. Brown, who was widely accused of mishandling the crisis.
So far, Katrina: American Crime Story boasts an impressive cast, consisting of Quaid as Bush, Matthew Broderick as the aforementioned Brown, Annette Benning as Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco, and Sarah Paulson in an unspecified role. The show is executive produced by Ryan Murphy, who casts Paulson frequently.
While Katrina: American Crime Story doesn't have a set release date, it's expected to air sometime in 2018. This is the first step in the expansion of the American Crime Story series, which will be followed by #Versace, exploring the murder of fashion designer Gianni Versace, and an adaptation of the Monica Lewinsky/Bill Clinton scandal based on Jeffrey Toobin's novel, A Vast Conspiracy: The Real Sex Scandal That Nearly Brought Down a President. Perhaps Quaid will be a recurring actor for Murphy as well?
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