‘Katrina: American Crime Story’ casts Matthew Broderick as FEMA Director Michael D. Brown

FX announced Thursday that two-time Tony champ Matthew Broderick has been cast in Ryan Murphy‘s 2018 anthology series “Katrina: American Crime Story.” He will take on the role of Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Director Michael D. Brown, who was in charge of the federal disaster response to Hurricane Katrina. Will “Katrina” do as well as the first installment of the program, “The People v. O.J. Simpson,” did in 2016, when it won nine Emmy Awards including Best Limited Series and acting honors for Sarah Paulson, Courtney B. Vance and Sterling K. Brown?

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Broderick’s two Tony Award victories came for Best Featured Actor in a Play for “Brighton Beach Memoirs” (1983) and Best Actor in a Musical for “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” (1995). The popular actor also has an Emmy nomination to his credit for “Great Performances” (1971) and a Golden Globe bid for his breakout role in “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” (1986).

Not much is known about Season 2 of the “American Crime Story” franchise, other than the fact that it’ll focus on 2005’s destructive Hurricane Katrina and star Annette Bening as Louisiana governor Kathleen Blanco. Murphy, Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson serve as executive producers for FX.

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Looking ahead, Season 3 will tackle the 1997 murder of fashion designer Gianni Versace by serial killer Andrew Cunanan. And Murphy recently confirmed that the Monica Lewinski scandal will be the focus of Season 4 of “American Crime Story” and that Paulson will be attached to the project, though she won’t be playing Hillary Clinton.

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