Cobie Smulders Replaces Betty Gilpin in Impeachment: American Crime Story
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Cobie Smulders Replaces Betty Gilpin in Impeachment: American Crime Story

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According to Variety, MCU vet Cobie Smulders has officially signed on to join the cast of FX’s upcoming third installment of Ryan Murphy’s anthology drama Impeachment: American Crime Story. Smulders will be replacing Emmy nominee Betty Gilpin for the role of Ann Coulter, the conservative media specialist who was the legal adviser for Paula Jones’ attorneys, who represented Jones in her sexual harassment suit against Bill Clinton. After a year of preparing for character, the GLOW star was forced to exit the project due to scheduling conflicts caused by the ongoing pandemic.

Smulders is best known for her role as Robin Scherbatsky in the iconic CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother, which ran on-air for nine seasons from 2005-2014. She also recently starred in the ABC crime drama Stumptown, which was canceled after one season due to production delays caused by the pandemic. She is also set to reprise her MCU role as Maria Hill in Disney+’s upcoming MCU animated series What If…?

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Impeachment: American Crime Story stars Sarah Paulson as Linda Tripp, Beanie Feldstein as Monica Lewinsky, Annaleigh Ashford as Paula Jones, Clive Owen as Bill Clinton, Anthony Green as Al Gore, Edie Falco as Hillary Clinton, Billy Eichner as Matt Drudge, and Colin Hanks.

“Based on a true crisis, the limited series will be examining the national crisis that led to the first impeachment of a U.S. President in over a century through the eyes of the women at the center of the events: Monica Lewinsky, Linda Tripp, and Paula Jones,” says the official synopsis. “All three were thrust into the public spotlight during a time of corrosive partisan rancor, shifting sexual politics, and a changing media landscape.”

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Impeachment: American Crime Story is written and executive produced by Sarah Burgess. Executive producers are Ryan Murphy, Nina Jacobson, Brad Simpson, Brad Falchuk, Larry Karaszewski, Scott Alexander. It is being produced by Lewinsky, Paulson, Feldstein, Alexis Martin Woodall, Henrietta Conrad, and Jemima Khan.

The anthology series began with The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, which won nine Emmys out of 22 nominations. 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 also 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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