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‘Katrina: American Crime Story’ Adds Dennis Quaid as George W. Bush

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We haven’t had a good Katrina: American Crime Story casting since at least February, so consider this some major strategery. Season 2 of Ryan Murphy’s FX drama elects Dennis Quaid as our 43rd President, none other than George W. Bush.

Per Entertainment Weekly, Quaid will take the role of the 2005 President, who was widely criticized for mishandling the response to Hurricane Katrina. Quaid joins Matthew Broderick as FEMA Director Michael D. Brown and Annette Bening in the role of Kathleen Blanco, Governor of Louisiana, while Ryan Murphy has also stated Sarah Paulson (and likely Sterling K. Brown) will return.

American Crime Story Season 2 will draw its Katrina inspiration from Douglas Brinkley’s The Great Deluge, also potentially expanding its run as 13-15 episodes. Season 2 is also looking to cast actors for Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin.

Seasons 2 and 3 will also shoot concurrently, with the third, Versace-based season airing within six months of Katrina. Additionally, the Monica Lewinsky story has been optioned for a potential future season, with a role earmarked for Sarah Paulson.

We’ll likely hear of additional Katrina cast soon, but will Season 2 live up to People v. O.J. Simpson? Stay tuned for the latest.

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