We’ll still have to wait until 2018 for the second season of Ryan Murphy’s FX American Crime Story, but Katrina is starting off strong with new cast. Annette Bening is joining the Emmy-winner’s second season (officially dubbed Katrina: American Crime Story) in a governing role.

Per FX’s official confirmation, The 20th Century Women star is joining Season 2 in the role of Kathleen Blanco, the Governor of Louisiana during and after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. FX has yet to formally confirm any additional cast members, though Ryan Murphy has stated Sarah Paulson (and likely Sterling K. Brown) will return

American Crime Story Season 2 will draw its Katrina inspiration from Douglas Brinkley’s The Great Deluge, also potentially expanding its run as 13-15 episodes. Season 2 is also looking to cast actors for George W. Bush, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin.

Seasons 2 and 3 will also shoot concurrently, with the third, Versace-based season airing within six months of Katrina. Additionally, the Monica Lewinsky story has been optioned for a potential future season.

We’ll likely hear of additional Katrina cast before long, but will Season 2 live up to People v. O.J. Simpson, even with such a wide definition of “Crime”? Stay tuned for the latest.

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