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Monica Lewinsky to assist on Ryan Murphy’s ‘Impeachment’

Monica Lewinsky has agreed to help Ryan Murphy produce “Impeachment.”
Monica Lewinsky has agreed to help Ryan Murphy produce “Impeachment.”Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for Vanity Fair

Speaking of impeachment, Ryan Murphy is putting together “Impeachment: American Crime Story,” and it’s already scheduled to premiere on Sept. 27, 2020. Yup, that’s around presidential election time. The season will be based on “A Vast Conspiracy: The Real Sex Scandal That Nearly Brought Down a President” by Jeffrey Toobin.

Let’s hope it’s as good as Murphy’s two previous “American Crime Story” seasons, the first based on the O.J. Simpson case, the second based on Andrew Cunanan’s crime spree that ended with the murder of Gianni Versace. Both of those seasons reframed the news stories — the Simpson material with an eye to race, sexism, the Versace material with an eye to the systemic homophobia that may have enabled Cunanan’s crimes. Interestingly, Murphy will be producing “Impeachment” with a very relevant partner: Monica Lewinsky. In a statement about her decision to participate, Lewinsky wrote: “I was hesitant, and truthfully more than a little scared to sign on. But after a lengthy dinner meeting with Ryan, I came to understand even more clearly how dedicated he is to giving a voice to the marginalized in all of his brilliant work … People have been co-opting and telling my part in this story for decades. In fact, it wasn’t until the past few years that I’ve been able to fully reclaim my narrative; almost 20 years later.”

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The season will be written by playwright Sarah Burgess. British actor Clive Owen will play Bill Clinton, and Beanie Feldstein (from “Booksmart” and “Lady Bird”) will play Lewinsky. Also on board: Sarah Paulson as Linda Tripp and Annaleigh Ashford as Paula Jones.


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