This is AMAZING! President Bill Clinton’s mid-1990s affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky will be the focus of a future season of ‘American Crime Story,’ Ryan Murphy has confirmed in a new interview. Casting is underway!
Only the first season of American Crime Story has aired so far, but executive producer Ryan Murphy is already laying the groundwork for what seems to be season four. Ryan and his fellow producers have optioned Jeffrey Toobin’s A Vast Conspiracy: The Real Sex Scandal That Nearly Brought Down a President, Ryan confirmed to E! News. The 2012 nonfiction book examines President Bill Clinton‘s mid-1990s affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky — including that infamous blue dress — and how it led to his eventual impeachment and acquittal. Producers are currently casting the role of Monica, Hilary Clinton and Linda Tripp.
Of course, Ryan’s BFF Sarah Paulson will be involved but she will not be playing Hillary. “That’s earmarked for talks with somebody else. We’re casting that now,” Ryan revealed. “I can’t say what Sarah is playing, but it starts shooting at the end of this year.”
“It’s a very interesting book,” Murphy explains. “It’s not really about Hillary Clinton. That book is about the rise of a certain segment of a right-ring group of people who despised the Clintons and used three women, Paula Jones, Monica Lewinsky and Linda Tripp to try and tear him down. The Toobin book is amazing. And there are a lot of bizarre crimes within that book that you can highlight. But the show isn’t really about Hillary Clinton, it really is about the other women. In fact, we might be doing the Clintons with hand puppets [laughs], I don’t know. We’re more focused on the mechanizations behind the scenes to try and get [Bill Clinton] impeached.”
Interestingly, another book of Toobin’s, The Run of His Life: The People v. O.J. Simpson, served as the blueprints for American Crime Story‘s award-winning and critically acclaimed first season. As we previously told you, the second season of the anthology series will focus on Hurricane Katrina and bow in early 2018, while an already-ordered season three will focus on the murder of Gianni Versace and premiere later that year.
He revealed they’ll be filming the first five episodes of Versace, then go back to Katrina, then return to Versace. “We’re striking while the iron’s hot. But that was largely due to actors’ availability,” he added. “If you get Annette Bening, which I did and she says, ‘You’ve got me these months,’ then that’s when you do it.”
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