Actor Dennis Quaid will portray George W. Bush on the FX limited series “Katrina: American Crime Story.” The forthcoming season of the FX show will examine Bush’s response as president in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, which devastated New Orleans, and parts of Louisiana and Mississippi. Actress Annette Bening will play Kathleen Blanco, who was governor of Louisiana at the time. Matthew Broderick will portray former FEMA director Michael Brown, while Sarah Paulson will take an undisclosed role.
Reportedly, much of the narrative will be taken from the book “The Great Deluge” by Douglas Brinkley. Katrina and the aftermath have been portrayed as one of the worst natural disasters in American history, while Bush has been blamed for an inadequate response by the federal government, thereby deflecting blame from state and local officials, especially Gov. Blanco. The flooding, civil disorder, and resulting outmigration from New Orleans were blamed on Bush.
“Katrina: American Crime Story" is created by Ryan Murphy, and is a spinoff of his "American Horror Story." The true-crime anthology series was launched in 2016 with the acclaimed "American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson," which received Emmy awards and a Golden Globe.
Filming is set to begin in New Orleans this year and early 2018. The next seasons will focus on the murder of famed Italian Gianni Versace and Bill Clinton's in-office sex scandal.
Dennis Quaid made several hit movies, including "The Big Easy," “Great Balls of Fire,” and “The Parent Trap.”