Edie Falco Cast as Hillary Clinton in Impeachment: American Crime Story
According to Collider, Golden Globe and Emmy-winning actress Edie Falco has officially signed on to star opposite Sarah Paulson in Ryan Murphy’s Impeachment: American Crime Story. She is set to portray the role of former First Lady and Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton. The upcoming third installment to FX’s acclaimed drama anthology will revolve around the 1990’s scandal and the impeachment of former U.S. president Bill Clinton, who will be played by Clive Owen.
This marks Falco’s latest TV project after nearly a year since her CBS crime drama Tommy was cancelled after one season. She is best known for her performances in HBO’s The Sopranos and Showtime’s Nurse Jackie which both earned her award nods including two Golden Globe wins and an Emmy win both for Best Actress, respectively. She will next be seen in James Cameron’s long-in-development Avatar sequels which are set to debut in 2022.
Written and executive produced by Sarah Burgess, Impeachment: American Crime Story will center on former US president Bill Clinton’s infamous scandal and impeachment that happened during the 1990s. The limited series will star Emmy and Golden Globe-winning actress Sarah Paulson (American Horror Story, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story) as Linda Tripp along with Golden Globe nominee Beanie Feldstein (Booksmart) as Monica Lewinsky, Tony winner Annaleigh Ashford (Masters of Sex), Oscar nominee Clive Owen (Closer) as former U.S president Bill Clinton, Emmy nominee Betty Gilpin as Ann Coulter and Billy Eichner as Matt Drudge.
Based on Jeffrey Toobin’s bestselling book A Vast Conspiracy: The Real Story of the Sex Scandal That Nearly Brought Down a President, the series will unravel the national scandal that swept up Paula Jones, Monica Lewinsky, and Linda Tripp as principal characters in the country’s first impeachment proceedings in over a century. Lewinsky will serve as one of the producers.
The third installment will be executive produced by Ryan Murphy, Nina Jacobson, Brad Simpson, Brad Falchuk, Larry Karaszewski, Scott Alexander with Paulson, Feldstein, Alexis Martin Woodall, Henrietta Conrad, and Jemima Khan also set as producers. Monica Lewinsky also serves as a producer.
The anthology series’ first installment, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, received 22 Emmy Award nominations and it won nine Emmys. It also won the Golden Globe, BAFTA, AFI, PGA, WGA and TCA awards and it was the most critically-acclaimed program of 2016. The second installment, The Assassination of Gianni Versace, which aired last year, has received a number of award nominations with lead star Darren Criss winning an Emmy award and Golden Golden award for Best Actor in a Limited Series.
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