Ah the good ol’ days when George W. Bush was the U.S. President. Well you will be able to relive those days next year when Katrina: American Crime Story comes to our screens. And who will be tackling the role of the 43rd President? Dennis Quaid.
The aftermath of Hurricane Katrina was not one of Bush’s finest moments in office. Heavily criticised for his handling of the environmental and humanitarian crisis back in 2005, Ryan Murphy and co are unlikely to let him off lightly in this limited series for FX. And who better than Quaid to bring their interpretation to life?! After all, he has Presidential experience having played Bush’s predecessor, Bill Clinton in HBO’s The Special Relationship.
As with any Ryan Murphy anthology series, Quaid joins an all-star cast. Another popular figure in the disaster story is the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Director, Michael D. “Brownie” Brown. Despite being severely under qualified for the position, Bush handed him control and oversight of the government’s response to the disaster. Matthew Broderick will be taking on that role.
Joining them will be Annette Bening as Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco. There are also rumours that Murphy favourite Sarah Paulson will also be involved (yes, please!!!).
Katrina: American Crime Story follows on from the success of season 1’s The People vs. O.J. Simpson. While filming has already commenced on the anthology’s third season, Versace: American Crime Story starring Edgar Ramirez, Darren Criss, Ricky Martin and Penelope Cruz, Katrina will air before it early next year.