Annette Bening Cast In "Katrina: American Crime Story"
Bening To Play Kathleen Blanco, Governor of Louisiana
During And After Hurricane Katrina, In Second Installment of
Emmy(R) and Golden Globe(R) Winning Limited Series Franchise
LOS ANGELES, February 6, 2017 - Golden Globe(R) Award winning actress Annette Bening has been cast in Katrina: American Crime Story, the second installment of the universally acclaimed, award-winning limited series from Ryan Murphy, Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson. Bening, who has also been nominated for an Emmy(R) Award and four Academy Awards, will portray Kathleen Blanco, the Governor of Louisiana during and after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina.
Ryan Murphy, Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson serve as Executive Producers on Katrina: American Crime Story, which is produced by Fox 21 Television Studios and FX Productions.
The first installment, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, was nominated for 22 Emmy Awards and won 9, including Outstanding Limited Series. The People v. O.J. Simpson also won two Golden Globe Awards, including Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made For Television; four Critics' Choice Awards, including Best Movie Made for Television or Limited Series; and was named an AFI Television Program of the Year.
The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story was the most critically acclaimed program of 2016 and was both cable's most-watched new scripted series of the year in all key demos and FX's most-watched series ever with 13.9 million viewers on average per episode across all linear and digital platforms.
Annette Bening is a four-time Academy Award nominee, two-time Golden Globe-winner, and Screen Actors Guild Award winner. She was last seen in Warren Beatty's RULES DON'T APPLY and stars in A24's 20TH CENTURY WOMEN directed by Mike Mills. Also upcoming is Michael Mayer's adaptation of Anton Chekhov's play THE SEAGULL and Paul McGuigan's FILM STARS DON'T DIE IN LIVERPOOL.
Additional film credits include DANNY COLLINS, THE SEARCH, THE FACE OF LOVE, RUBY SPARKS, GIRL MOST LIKELY, GINGER & ROSA, THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT, MOTHER AND CHILD, BEING JULIA, AMERICAN BEAUTY, IN DREAMS, THE SIEGE, THE AMERICAN PRESIDENT, MARS ATTACKS!, RICHARD III, LOVE AFFAIR, BUGSY, REGARDING HENRY, THE GRIFTERS, GUILTY BY SUSPICION, VALMONT, POSTCARDS FROM THE EDGE, and THE GREAT OUTDOORS.
Bening was last seen on stage in Public Theater's 2014 Shakespeare in the Park production of KING LEAR. Additional theater credits include RUTH DRAPER MONOLOGUES at Geffen Playhouse, Anton Chekhov's THE CHERRY ORCHARD at Mark Taper Forum, Alan Bennett's TALKING HEADS at Tiffany Theater, Henrik Ibsen's HEDDA GABLER at Geffen Playhouse, and MEDEA at UCLA. Bening received a Tony Award nomination and won the Clarence Derwent Award for Outstanding Debut Performance of the Season for her role in COASTAL DISTURBANCES. Bening graduated from San Francisco State University and trained at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco until she joined the acting company.
Bening is represented by CAA and Mark Gochman.
FX is the flagship general entertainment basic cable channel of FX Networks, a business unit of 21ST Century Fox. FX Networks is comprised of FX, FXM and FXX. Launched in June of 1994, FX is carried in 90 million homes. The diverse schedule features a growing roster of critically-acclaimed and award-winning hit dramas series, including The Americans, The Strain, Taboo, Legion and the upcoming Snowfall; the critically-acclaimed limited series American Horror Story, Fargo, American Crime Story, FEUD: Bette and Joan and the upcoming Trust; and acclaimed hit comedy series including the award-winning Louie, Baskets, Better Things and Atlanta. In 2016, FX received a basic cable record 56 Emmy(R) Award nominations and a basic cable record 18 wins, including 9 for The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story. FX is the former home of the critically-acclaimed and award-winning hit drama series The Shield, Nip/Tuck, Rescue Me, Damages, Sons of Anarchy and Justified. The network's library of acquired box-office hit movies is unmatched by any ad-supported television network.
ABOUT FOX 21 TELEVISION STUDIOS
Fox 21 Television Studios is a production unit housed within Fox Television Group devoted to making creatively ambitious scripted and unscripted series for all distribution platforms. Fox 21 Television Studios is responsible for the sensation from Ryan Murphy, Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson "The People V. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story" (with FX Productions), the Emmy and Golden Globe winning "Homeland," starring Claire Danes and Mandy Patinkin, the critically acclaimed "The Americans" (with FX Productions) starring Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell, "Dice," from Scot Armstrong, Sean Furst, Bryan Furst, Richard Shepard, Bruce Rubenstein and Andrew Dice Clay, "Queen of the South," executive produced by David T. Friendly, and "Chance" from Kem Nunn, Alexandra Cunningham, Lenny Abrahamson, Michael London, and Brian Grazer. Upcoming series include "Genius" (with Imagine, OddLot Entertainment and EUE/Sokolow) from Ron Howard, Brian Grazer, Francie Calfo, Gigi Prtizker, Rachel Shane, Sam Sokolow, Jeff Cooney, Ken Biller and Noah Pink, "Seven Seconds" from Veena Sud, and Ryan Murphy's latest anthology, "Feud," starring Oscar winners Jessica Lange and Susan Sarandon.