Ryan Murphy is undoubtedly a golden god who tells the stories we want to hear. His perspective, his casting and his unforgivable sass levels have brought an attitude to television that is unlike most. And it’s just been announced that he is giving a platform to Monica Lewinsky to take control of her story.
The third season of his American Crime Story is titled Impeachment, and its story has been adapted from Jeffrey Toobin’s 2000 book A Vast Conspiracy: The Real Sex Scandal That Nearly Brought Down a President — which obviously details Lewinsky’s affair with Bill Clinton.
The project may sound familiar as it was announced back in 2017, though Murphy didn’t want to move further on it without Lewinsky’s involvement. After a dinner together, she decided to come on and produce the whole damn thing.
“People have been co-opting and telling my part in this story for decades. In fact, it wasn’t until the past few years that I’ve been able to fully reclaim my narrative; almost 20 years later,” Lewinsky said. “But I’m so grateful for the growth we’ve made as a society that allows people like me who have been historically silenced to finally reintroduce my voice to the conversation.”
Beanie Feldstein will star as Lewinsky, with Sarah Paulson as Linda Tripp — the one who secretly recorded conversations between Clinton and Lewinsky — and Annaleigh Ashford will play the state employee who sued Clinton for sexual harassment, Paula Jones.
Powerful people, often men, take advantage of those subordinate to them in myriad ways all the time,” Lewinsky added. “Many people will see this as such a story and for that reason, this narrative is one that is, regretfully, evergreen.”