A new full trailer for FX’s Impeachment: American Crime Story gives a new glimpse of Clive Owen as former President Bill Clinton, including a tease of his voice. The new season of the popular series is set to debut in September, featuring an all-star cast including Owen as Clinton, Beanie Feldstein as Monica Lewinsky, Sarah Paulson as Linda Tripp, Edie Falco as Hilary Clinton, and Annaleigh Ashford as Paula Jones. The series will cover the events that led up to Clinton’s impeachment after his affair with Lewinsky in 1998.
The new season is based on Jeffrey Toobin’s bestselling book, “A Vast Conspiracy: The Real Story of the Sex Scandal That Nearly Brought Down a President,” which outlines the scandal of the first impeachment since President Andrew Johnson in 1866. Produced by Ryan Murphy, the third season of the American Horror Story spinoff anthology series is also produced by the real Monica Lewinsky, which she agreed to do in part to reclaim her narrative after decades of being silenced on the issue. Feldstein, who portrays Lewinsky in the series, has expressed her excitement in working on the series, particularly with AHS mainstay Sarah Paulson, as “a ride of a lifetime.”
Today, FX released a new, longer trailer for Impeachment: American Crime Story, which gives a new glimpse of Clive Owen as President Clinton and another tease of his take on the former President’s thick accent. In addition, there are a number of new reveals of Feldstein as Lewinsky, showing her attraction to Clinton, as well as her relationship with Linda Tripp, a White House employee at the time and confidant of Lewinsky’s. Tripp eventually released taped recordings of their conversations, leading to Clinton’s impeachment. The Impeachment trailer is filled with the usual suspenseful beats that have made the Emmy-winning show’s prior seasons a success thus far and builds a tremendous amount of hype for the third season, which debuts on September 7th on FX.
Originally, Impeachment: American Crime Story was set to debut around the time of the most recent Presidental election in 2020, but was delayed due to the pandemic. It’s unclear how many episodes this season will have, although prior seasons had between 9-10 episodes. Certainly, there’s a lot of story to tell, and with the focus being on Lewinsky, it would seem that a new perspective may be revealed on the scandal.
While some may be bogged down by the prospect of a politically themed season of Impeachment: American Crime Story, there’s been enough distance from this event to let it stand on its own without making modern-day comparisons. Of course, those are inevitable, but the changing tide of how information was presented and shared is completely different today vs. 1998, so this should make for an interesting peek behind the curtains of the high-profile case. Regardless of where anyone falls on the material, as with previous seasons of American Crime Story, this is sure to be a showcase for the cast, with each of them looking to get ample screentime to chew some scenery and bring these real-life characters to life in all their good and bad splendor.
Source: FX Networks