Dennis Quaid will play former President George W. Bush in the second season of the FX series American Crime Story, which will focus on Hurricane Katrina.
The 43rd President was criticised for his handling of the tragedy and is set to be a major character alongside Matthew Broderick‘s FEMA Director Michael D. Brown and Annette Bening‘s Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco.
The show comes from Ryan Murphy, Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson, and the first season, The People v. O.J. Simpson, nabbed 22 Emmy nominations, winning 9.
The second season will draw its influence from Douglas Brinkley‘s The Great Deluge, while also potentially expanding its run to 13-15 episodes. The third season, Versace, will shoot concurrently with the second and is set to air just six months after.
So while Quaid’s casting might disappoint people who held on to the pipe dream of Will Ferrell redoing his Bush shtick in a far more serious setting, it’s another solid casting for a series that has thus far brought in plenty of talent and made the most of them.
The show is still looking to cast actors in the roles of Secretary Of State Condoleezza Rice and New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin, look out for some more big names hovering around those roles.