Monica Lewinsky has signed on to produce the next “American Crime Story” for FX, titled “Impeachment.” It will be based on the sex scandal and subsequent investigation surrounding her involvement with former President Bill Clinton — which nearly resulted in him being ousted from office.
What are the details?
According to The Hollywood Reporter, FX announced Tuesday that its third season of the hit series would focus on the Clinton-Lewinsky scandal, and that the network had secured Lewinsky herself as a producer.
In the show, Lewinsky will be played by actress Beanie Feldstein, the role of Linda Tripp will be played by Sarah Paulson, and Annaleigh Ashford has been cast to play Paula Jones. No word yet on who will play the former president or Independent Counsel Ken Starr.
“Impeachment: American Crime Story” is based on a best-selling book by Jeffrey Toobin, titled, “A Vast Conspiracy: The Real Story of the Sex Scandal That Nearly Brought Down a President.” “American Crime Story” producer Ryan Murphy optioned the book in 2017, but told The Hollywood Reporter last year that he later had reservations about telling Lewinsky’s story.
“I told her, ‘Nobody should tell your story but you, and it’s kind of gross if they do,” Murphy said, recalling his conversation with Lewinsky. “‘If you want to produce it with me, I would love that; but you should be the producer and you should make all the g*dd*mn money.'”
Lewinksy, who was an intern at the Clinton White House in the mid-90’s, has transformed her image in recent years and become an anti-bullying activist. She penned a letter published in Vanity Fair expressing her initial reluctance in signing on to the FX series, but according to Newsweek, she eventually “saw it as an opportunity to bring attention to her side of the story.”
“I was hesitant, and truthfully more than a little scared to sign on,” Lewinsky wrote. “But after a lengthy dinner meeting with Ryan [Murphy], I came to understand even more clearly how dedicated he is to giving a voice to the marginalized in all of his brilliant work.”
“Powerful people, often men, take advantage of those subordinate to them in myriad ways all the time,” she continued. “Many people will see this as such a story and for that reason, this narrative is one that is, regretfully, evergreen.”