Sarah Paulson Will Star in the New Season of Ryan Murphy's 'American Crime Story'

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Ryan Murphy's American Horror Story: 1984 may be hitting FX in a month, but he's already planning his next big project.

The third season of American Crime Story has been announced nearly two and a half years since it was first reported on, and over a year and a half since season two debuted. Season three will be called Impeachment, and center on the Clinton presidency and Monica Lewinsky scandal. Lewinsky will produce the show, along with Murphy, Sarah Paulson, Nina Jacobson, Brad Simpson, Brad Falchuk and others.

Murphy-muse Paulson will star as Linda Tripp, with Beanie Feldstein (Booksmart) as Lewinsky and Annaleigh Ashford (another American Crime Story alum, who starred in season two, The Assassination of Gianni Versace, as Liz Cote) as Paula Jones.

The show will be based on the Jeffrey Toobin book, A Vast Conspiracy: The Real Sex Scandal that Nearly Brought Down a President. Murphy told The Hollywood Reporter in 2018 that he bumped into Lewinsky at a party.

"I told her, 'Nobody should tell your story but you, and it's kind of gross if they do,'" Murphy said. "'If you want to produce it with me, I would love that; but you should be the producer and you should make all the goddamn money.'" 

And signed on she did. FX took the stage at the Television Critics Association's summer press tour to announce the official theme of season three, and revealed that Lewinsky would executive produce.

Mark your ballots—er, calendars: Impeachment will premiere on September 27, 2020.

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