FX announced at the Television Critics Association summer press tour that the third season of the anthology series American Crime Story will be focused on the Monica Lewinsky scandal and be titled Impeachment: American Crime Story, as well as announce that it will star Sarah Paulson, Beanie Feldstein and Annaleigh Ashford.
The season will be based on Jeffrey Toobin’s novel A Vast Conspiracy: The Real Story of the Sex Scandal That Nearly Brought Down a President.
John Landgraf, chairman of FX Networks and FX Productions, said:
FX’s ‘American Crime Story’ franchise has become a cultural touchstone, providing greater context for stories that deserve greater understanding like the O.J. Simpson trial and saga, and Andrew Cunanan’s tragic crime spree which concluded with the assassination of Gianni Versace. This franchise re-examines some of the most complicated, polarising stories in recent history in a way that is relevant, nuanced and entertaining. ‘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. We are grateful to Sarah Burgess for her brilliant adaptation, as well as Ryan Murphy, Nina Jacobson, Brad Simpson, Brad Falchuk, Larry Karaszewski, Scott Alexander, Alexis Martin Woodall, Sarah Paulson and the rest of the creative team and cast.
Beanie Feldstein will be playing the role of Monica Lewinsky, with Sarah Paulson playing the role of Linda Tripp and Annaleigh Ashford playing the role of Paula Jones. Production is set to commence in February next year, with the season set to premiere on the 27th September 2020.