Dennis Quaid to Play George W. Bush in FX's Katrina: American Crime Story

Dennis Quaid Cast George W. Bush Katrina American Crime Story FX

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.

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