10:00am PT by Michael O'Connell
Annette Bening Joins Ryan Murphy's 'Katrina: American Crime Story'
Katrina: American Crime Story is coming into focus. FX's big follow-up to 2016 phenomenon and awards magnet The People v. O.J. Simpson has added its first new castmember: Annette Bening.
The four-time Oscar-nominated actress joins Ryan Murphy's upcoming anthology installment as former Louisiana governor Kathleen Blanco. This sheds some light on how the Fox 21 Television Studios and FX Productions series plans to tackle Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. Bening joins Murphy repertory players Courtney B. Vance, Sarah Paulson and Cuba Gooding Jr., all of whom appeared in O.J.
Bening most recently appeared in 20th Century Women, a part that earned her a Golden Globe nomination. Katrina marks her first TV role in over a decade. She last graced the small screen in HBO telepic Mrs. Harris, for which she was nominated for an Emmy.
Despite all of the heat around Katrina, following nine Emmy wins and an FX-best 13.9 million viewers per episode for O.J., the project won't actually debut until 2018. It's also not the only American Crime Story installment Murphy and fellow EPs Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson are readying. The franchise will also tackle the 1997 murder of Gianni Versace and the Monica Lewinsky scandal during the third and fourth cycles, respectively.
"They're going to have a long hiatus, and then we're going to get back on cycle," FX Networks CEO John Landgraf recently said of the delay. "It's not a lurid true-crime series. … We have really high ambitions for this franchise."
Bening is repped by CAA.