The third instalment of the American Crime Story series will detail the sex scandal between President Bill Clinton and White House intern Monica Lewinsky.
The 1998 controversy which saw then-POTUS Bill Clinton engage in sexual acts with a 22-year-old Lewinsky ultimately ended in Clinton's impeachment.
FX announced the news on Tuesday night, revealing that Lewinsky will also be a producer on the season, titled Impeachment: American Crime Story, and will be played by Beanie Feldstein (Lady Bird, Booksmart).
Sarah Paulson will play Lewinsky's confidante Linda Tripp, who infamously recorded their phone conversations about the Clinton affair without Lewinsky's knowledge.
Those tapes became key evidence in the impeachment enquiry into Clinton. Broadway star Annaleigh Ashford (Kinky Boots) will play Paula Jones, whose 1994 sexual harassment lawsuit against Clinton ultimately led to his impeachment.
With television cameras rolling, on February 12, 1999, the whole world watched as the senators stood up to vote inside the chamber.
55 Senators voted “not guilty” on the charge of perjury.
The Senate split 50/50 against Clinton when it came to the charge of obstruction of justice. This meant that the 2/3 majority was not achieved, the President was acquitted and allowed to serve out the rest of his term of office up until January 2001.
Paulson won an Emmy for portraying Marcia Clark on the show's first season, The People vs. O.J. Simpson, which established the series' acclaimed approach to re-examining the exhaustively covered scandals that dominated the news in the 1990s.
The show's second season, The Assassination of Gianni Versace, traced how Andrew Cunanan came to murder the famed fashion designer in 1997.
Paulson will also serve as an executive producer on the new show along with Ryan Murphy, Nina Jacobson, Brad Simpson, Brad Falchuk, Larry Karaszewski, Scott Alexander, and Alexis Martin Woodall.
Impeachment will be written by playwright Sarah Burgess, based on Jeffrey Toobin's 1999 bestseller A Vast Conspiracy: The Real Story of the Sex Scandal That Nearly Brought Down a President.
FX has scheduled Impeachment to debut on September 27, 2020 – propelling it right into the thick of the 2020 presidential election, which has been embroiled with near-constant talk of impeaching President Donald Trump, as well as ample allegations that he engaged in sexually explicit behaviour in the years before his election.