20th Television has signed Monica Lewinsky and her aptly named production company, Alt Ending to a producing deal.
The series will chronicle the events that led to the first impeachment of a sitting president in over a century as we reported in March. Booksmart’s Beanie Feldstein stars as Lewinsky, with a star-studded cast that includes;
- Clive Owen as Bill Clinton
- Edie Falco as Hillary Clinton
- Sarah Paulson as Linda Tripp
- Annaleigh Ashford as Paula Jones
- Billy Eichner as Matt Drudge, who broke the news of the scandal
20th TV president Karey Burke said in a statement,
“As our team has gotten to know Monica through her involvement with our upcoming edition of American Crime Story, we’ve been very impressed with her instincts as a producer, and her desire to bring provocative, untold stories to the screen.
She is formidable and passionate about the work, and we’re hopeful this first look deal leads to many successful projects together.”
In the years since, Lewinsky’s advocacy work has centered on creating a safer social media environment and often addresses topics including digital resilience, privacy and cultivating compassion online. Among her other upcoming projects like the HBOMax doc 15 Minutes of Shame, which explores what the platform has dubbed the “public shaming epidemic” in our culture. Lewinsky is executive producer.
Lewinsky added in a statement of her own.
“I’m interested in storytelling that is entertaining, thought-provoking and emotion-stirring — that moves a conversation forward by exploring the human condition from an unexpected lens.
That’s what excites me about forming Alt Ending Productions and working with 20th Television. Having had my own story hijacked for many years, I’m very interested in the voices or perspectives we historically don’t hear from or see. They’re brimming with untapped potential.
I look forward to working with and learning from visionary women like Karey Burke and [20th exec vp development] Carolyn Cassidy and owe a special debt to Ryan Murphy for championing me as a producer.”
The series American Crime Story is set to premiere Sept. 7 on FX.
(Photos, YouTube; via THR)