If you’re a fan of American Crime Story, this one’s for you. The 12 Years a Slave star Sarah Paulson has just been cast in the fourth season of the epic drama, which will focus on the Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky sex scandal.
According to the Daily Mail, Ryan Murphy – executive producer of the FX anthology series – said that the 42-year-old Sarah would not be playing the role of Hillary Clinton but that he would not reveal her actual role either. Just last month, FX Productions and Fox 21 TV Studios optioned the rights to author Jeffrey Toobin's A Vast Conspiracy: The Real Sex Scandal That Nearly Brought Down A President.
Hillary, pizza and a phony sex scandal: the power of 'fake news'
The 1999 book chronicled the incidents of the sex scandal from 1998, after it became public that the then US President Clinton had a sexual relationship with a 22-year-old White House intern Lewinsky.
Prior to this, Sarah has received much acclaim for her portrayal of prosecutor Marcia Clark in the first season of American Crime Story that focused on the OJ Simpson murder trial. The actor won the Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Actress in a Movie/Miniseries, an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in Limited Series or Movie, a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress and the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie. Paulson also stars in the FX anthology series American Horror Story created by Murphy and Brad Falchuk.
The new season of American Crime Story comes after The People Vs OJ Simpson series, which was a ratings success and also won nine Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Limited Series, and the Golden Globe Award for Best Miniseries or Television Film. It was based on Toobin's 1997 book The Run of His Life: The People v. O.J. Simpson.
Production has started on the next two seasons of American Crime Story, with one focusing on Hurricane Katrina and the other examining the murder of designer Gianni Versace in July 1997.
Have something to add to the story? Share it in the comments below.