Dennis Quaid to play George W. Bush in 'Katrina: American Crime Story'


It wouldn't be a Ryan Murphy joint without a larger-than life character (or five) at the center of it. In American Crime StorySeason 1, one might argue that John Travolta's expansive take on Robert Shapiro elevated the material from mere docudrama to must-see TV. But who will be the spotlight-stealing figure at the center of Season 2? Why, probably the same man who commanded the most headlines back in August 2005. Yes, Katrina: American Crime Story has found its George W. Bush in Dennis Quaid and there is no doubt the actor is up for the challenge.

Entertainment Weekly reports that Quaid has officially joined the cast that already includes Annette Bening as Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco and Matthew Broderick as FEMA Director Michael D. Brown. We look forward to Quaid's Bush dropping his nickname for Brown, "Brownie," just as frequently as David Schwimmer's Robert Kardashian's said "Juice."

Quaid, who, like Bush, is a Texas boy, has spent most of his career playing characters with a natural, Dubya-esque charm. One of his earliest breakout roles, as the smiling, dim-witted Mike in Breaking Away might provide a roadmap to Quaid's take on the 43rd president. And the actor is no stranger to fictional White Houses; he played President Bill Clinton in the HBO film The Special Relationship and essentially played Bush in the little-seen 2006 singing competition satire American Dreamz.

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LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 20: Dennis Quaid sighting at Global House on April 20, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by SAV/GC Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: Dennis Quaid on the Today Show. Tuesday, April 11, 2017 -- (Photo by: Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 11: Actor Dennis Quaid discusses 'Fortitude' with the Build Series at Build Studio on April 11, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Roy Rochlin/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 10: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Actor Dennis Quaid visits the SiriusXM Studios on April 10, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images)
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PHOENIX, AZ - MARCH 18: Actor and recording artist Dennis Quaid of Dennis Quaid & The Sharks performs during Muhammad Ali's Celebrity Fight Night XXIII at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa on March 18, 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images for Celebrity Fight Night)
Actor Dennis Quaid (R) visits Sandra Bernhard's 'Sandyland' on SiriusXM's 'RadioAndy' at SiriusXM Studios on January 25, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Gabbe/Getty Images)
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JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE - 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' airs every weeknight at 11:35 p.m. EST and features a diverse lineup of guests that includes celebrities, athletes, musical acts, comedians and human-interest subjects, along with comedy bits and a house band. The guests for Monday, January 23 included Dennis Quaid ('A Dog's Purpose'), Bill Burr ('Walk Your Way Out' comedy special) and musical guest Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness. (Randy Holmes/ABC via Getty Images) DENNIS QUAID
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 16: (L-R) Actors Cary Elwes, Christian Cooke and Dennis Quaid attend Sony's Crackle 'The Art Of More' Rings The New York Stock Exchange Closing Bell at New York Stock Exchange on November 16, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 15: Actor Dennis Quaid (L) and Santa Auzina attend 'The Art Of More' Season 2 Premiere at Museum Of Arts And Design on November 15, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Mark Sagliocco/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 14: (L-R) Cary Elwes, Dennis Quaid, and Christian Cooke attend The Build Series to discuss 'The Art Of More' at AOL HQ on November 14, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Pont/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES - NOVEMBER 7: Molly Shannon and Dennis Quaid backstage during 'The Late Late Show with James Corden,' Monday, November 7, 2016 (12:35 PM-1:37 AM ET/PT) On The CBS Television Network. (Photo by Terence Patrick/CBS via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 27: Christian Cooke, Dennis Quaid, Elvis Mitchell and Cary Elwes attend the Film Independent at LACMA screening and Q&A of 'The Art Of More' at LACMA on October 27, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Araya Diaz/WireImage)
CANNES, FRANCE - OCTOBER 17: Dennis Quaid, Faye Dorn and Richard Dormer attend Photocall for 'Fortitude 2' as part of MIPCOM at Palais des Festivals on October 17, 2016 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Tony Barson/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 26: Actor Dennis Quaid attends a career retrospective for SAG-AFTRA Foundation Conversations at SAG Foundation Actors Center on October 26, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Vincent Sandoval/Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - OCTOBER 17: Dennis Quaid and guest attends MIPCOM Opening Party at Martinez Hotel on October 17, 2016 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Tony Barson/FilmMagic)
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Katrina: American Crime Story covering the natural disaster that hit New Orleans in 2005 and the government's highly-criticized attempts to cope with the fallout is slated to air in 2018. (Right in time for mid-term elections.) Though Season 2 is still in the casting phase, production has already begun on Season 3 titled Versace: American Crime Story starring Penélope Cruz. Between two seasons of American Crime Story, another installment of Feud, and still another season of American Horror Story, there may not be a single moment in the 2018 FX schedule that isn't packing some chapter in Ryan Murphy's total TV takeover.

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