Edie Falco is set to portray former First Lady Hillary Clinton in Ryan Murphy’s re-telling of Bill Clinton’s impeachment and affair with Monica Lewinsky.
Edie Falco has played a mobster’s wife, a drug-addled nurse and Lyle and Erik Menendez’s defense attorney. Now, she’s stepping into the shoes of a former first lady.
A source confirmed that the Nurse Jackie actress has been cast in the role of politician Hillary Clinton for Ryan Murphy’s third season of American Crime Story.
The upcoming season of the FX anthology series is centered around the impeachment of President Bill Clinton following his affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky, reports eonline.com.
In 2019, FX CEO John Landgraf told The Hollywood Reporter that the former first couple will not play a major role in Impeachment: American Crime Story. He explained at the time, “Hillary is actually not a significant character in Impeachment because it’s really told from the point of view of these women who were really far from the center of power.”
Those women he’s referring to are Linda Tripp, Paula Jones and Lewinksy, who have already been cast.
Edie Falco as Hillary Clinton
According to multiple reports, The Sopranos actress is set to star as the former first lady, who stood by her husband after he cheated on her with White House intern Monica Lewinsky.
Sarah Paulson & Beanie Feldstein
The actresses are spotted in character on the set of the third season of American Crime Story, which is being directed by creator Ryan Murphy.
Beanie Feldstein as Monica Lewinsky
Lewinsky, then a White House intern, was at the center of the whole scandal when President Bill Clinton pursued an inappropriate relationship with her.
Sarah Paulson as Linda Tripp
Tripp was a U.S. civil servant who worked with Lewinsky at the Pentagon, and began secretly recording phone conversations with Lewinsky to later hand over as evidence of the relationship.
Annaleigh Ashford as Paula Jones
In 1994, Jones, an Arkansas civil servant, accused President Clinton of sexual harassment. Prosecutor Kenneth Starr uncovered Lewinsky’s affair with Clinton in the process of investigating Jones’ claims.
Betty Gilpin as Ann Coulter
The right-leaning pundit authored the 1998 book High Crimes and Misdemeanors: The Case Against Bill Clinton. She also served as an unpaid legal adviser to Jones during the initial court proceedings.
Billy Eichner as Matt Drudge
In January 1998, the founder of the Drudge Report was the reporter to break the news that President Clinton and Lewinsky were involved in a torrid love affair.
Clive Owen as Bill Clinton
The former Arkansas governor became the 42nd U.S. president in 1992. Six years later, he became the second president to be impeached by the House of Representatives, having allegedly committed perjury and obstruction of justice to conceal his affair with Lewinsky.