'American Crime Story' to tackle Clinton impeachment, Beanie Feldstein is Monica Lewinsky

Lewinsky herself will serve as co-producer on the third season of the show, which has previously dealt with O.J. Simpson and the murder of Gianni Versace.
Monica Lewinsky meets with President Bill Clinton
Former White House intern Monica Lewinsky meets President Bill Clinton at the White House. This photo was submitted as evidence in documents by the Starr investigation.Getty Images

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By Variety

LOS ANGELES —"American Crime Story" Season 3 is officially moving forward with the FX series set to tell the story of the impeachment of President Bill Clinton.

Monica Lewinsky herself will serve as one of the producers on the upcoming season of the show.

Beanie Feldstein will star as Lewinsky, with Sarah Paulson as Linda Tripp and Annaleigh Ashford as Paula Jones. The season will be based on Jeffrey Toobin's book "A Vast Conspiracy: The Real Story of the Sex Scandal That Nearly Brought Down a President."

Production on Season 3 will begin in February with the premiere slated for Sept. 27, 2020. The announcement was made Tuesday at the Television Critics Association summer press tour.

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The third installment will be written by Sarah Burgess, who will also executive produce alongside Ryan Murphy, Nina Jacobson, Brad Simpson, Brad Falchuk, Larry Karaszewski, Scott Alexander, Alexis Martin Woodall, and Paulson.

"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," John Landgraf, chairman of FX Networks and FX Productions, said.

"This franchise re-examines some of the most complicated, polarizing 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."

It had been announced in 2017 that the Clinton impeachment would serve as the basis for a new season of "American Crime Story." There had also been talk that a season set in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina would as well, though it was previously stated that neither of those seasons were moving forward.

The first season of "American Crime Story" followed the principal players in the O.J. Simpson trial, while Season 2 detailed the death of Gianni Versace at the hands of spree killer Andrew Cunanan. Season 1 ultimately received 22 Emmy nominations, winning nine, while Season 2 received 19 Emmy nominations, winning seven.

Feldstein has received widespread praise for her roles in films like "Booksmart" and "Lady Bird." She also recently appeared in the FX comedy series "What We Do in the Shadows."

Paulson, a mainstay in Ryan Murphy's work, has recently appeared in films like "Glass" and "Ocean's 8." She is also currently working on the FX series "Mrs. America" and the Netflix series "Ratched." She starred as prosecutor Marcia Clark in Season 1 of "American Crime Story." .

Ashford appeared as Elizabeth Cote in Season 2 of "American Crime Story." She is also known for her roles on shows like "Masters of Sex" as well as "Nurse Jackie," "Law & Order: SVU," and "The Big C." Her film roles include "Top Five," "Rachel Getting Married," and "Frozen."