Hail to the Quaid!
Dennis Quaid has signed on to play President George W. Bush in FX’s Katrina: American Crime Story, the second season of Ryan Murphy’s Emmy-winning true-crime anthology. A follow-up to last year’s acclaimed The People v. O.J. Simpson, Katrina will focus on the devastation that followed when Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans in 2005 — and the controversial handling of the aftermath by Bush’s administration.
Quaid joins an already star-studded cast, with Annette Bening playing Louisiana governor Kathleen Blanco and Matthew Broderick playing FEMA director Michael Brown (of “Brownie, you’re doing a heckuva job” fame). This being a Ryan Murphy production, Sarah Paulson is also expected to join the cast in some capacity, but her role hasn’t yet been announced.
Katrina is slated to debut in 2018, with a third season of Crime Story — about the murder of fashion designer Gianni Versace — expected later that year.
Quaid recently headlined Season 2 of Amazon’s crime drama Fortitude and guest-starred on Comedy Central’s Workaholics. He’s got political experience, too: He played President Bill Clinton in the 2010 HBO movie The Special Relationship.