Billy Eichner has officially signed on for American Crime Story: Impeachment.
Update (1/22/2020): According to Deadline, American Horror Story vet, Billy Eichner has joined the cast of the upcoming limited series, American Crime Story: Impeachment.
As we learned when the project was first announced, the latest round of the hit FX series will take place in the 90s and focus on Monica Lewinsky and the impeachment of former President Bill Clinton.
For his part, Eichner has signed on to portray a pretty significant figure in the scandal. Specifically, the Billy on the Street star will be playing the role of Matt Drudge.
For those who need a bit of a refresher, Matt Drudge is a journalist and founder of Drudge Report. It was his publication that first broke the news about the affair taking place between Lewinsky and Clinton on January 17. 1998.
Shortly after news broke, Eichner took to Twitter to express his excitement over joining the cast.
“Can finally share this with the world. Truly an honor to join @MsSarahPaulson, @BeanieFeldstein, Clive Owen and more in American Crime Story: Impeachment,” tweeted the actor.
— billy eichner (@billyeichner) January 22, 2020
Eichner isn’t the only huge name attached to star in the upcoming third season of the hit anthology series.
Back in November, we learned that actor Clive Owen had officially signed on to portray Bill Clinton in the limited series. In addition,
Prior to that in August, we heard that Booksmart vet Beanie Feldstein had been tapped to play Monica Lewinsky in American Crime Story: Impeachment, while Eichner’s fellow Horror Story vet Sarah Paulson had signed on to play Linda Tripp.
Read up on what we know about the project, as well as who else is involved behind the scenes below!
Original Story (8/6/19):
Monica Lewinsky and the Clinton impeachment will be the focus of the newest season of FX’s hit anthology series, American Crime Story.
One of the biggest political scandals will be at the forefront of American Crime Story when the hit FX series returns with new episodes sometime next year.
Mashable reports that FX Networks has officially confirmed that season 3 will officially be titled Impeachment: American Crime Story.
Taking place in the late ’90s, the anthology series’ third season will focus on bringing the story of former President Bill Clinton’s 1998 impeachment to the small screen.
In addition to announcing Impeachment: American Crime Story, the network also revealed that they’d tapped a pretty prominent figure help bring the story to life.
Former White House intern turned activist/fashion designer, Monica Lewinsky, will serve as an executive producer on the project.
In a statement made to Vanity Fair, Lewinsky revealed that it was producer Ryan Murphy who first approached her about the idea for Impeachment: American Crime Story, and additionally convinced her to sign on as producer.
“I was hesitant, and truthfully more than a little scared to sign on. But after a lengthy dinner meeting with Ryan, I came to understand even more clearly how dedicated he is to giving a voice to the marginalized in all of his brilliant work,” wrote Lewinsky. “I’m privileged to work with him and the other talented people on the team, and I’m privileged to have this opportunity.”
In addition to announcing Lewinsky’s involvement, Fx Networks also announced on Tuesday (August 6) that they’d cast Booksmart star Beanie Feldstein to portray Lewinsky in the series.
Others who will be joining Feldstein on screen include Sarah Paulson (The People v. O.J. Simpson) and Annaleigh Ashford (The Assassination of Gianni Versace). They’ll be playing Linda Tripp and Paula Jones, respectively.
Produced by Sarah Burgess, Ryan Murphy, Nina Jacobson, Brad Simpson, Brad Falchuk, Larry Karaszewski, Scott Alexander, Alexis Martin Woodall, and Sarah Paulson, Impeachment: American Crime Story is set to premiere via FX on September 28, 2020 at 10 p.m.