Beanie Feldstein
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Ryan Murphy, creator of American Horror Story, Glee, and American Crime Story has taken on some testy subjects in his past television series. 

The previous two seasons of ACS covered gruesome murders, and the upcoming season signals a shift to something more political, just in time for the 2020 election. The third season will be called "Impeachment" and cover the Bill Clinton–Monica Lewinsky scandal leading up to the former president's ultimate decline from power. 

Booksmart star Beanie Feldstein has been chosen to take on the role of Lewinsky, who will be producing the season alongside Sarah Paulson. 

Murphy's second season covering the murder of Gianni Versace received wide critical acclaim and earned Darren Criss an Emmy for Best Lead Actor. If this upcoming season does just as well, Feldstein could be on her way to earning her own prestigious award, too. 

The third season of American Crime Story will cover Bill Clinton's impeachment. 

The show's Twitter account announced a release date, "Impeachment: American Crime Story premieres September 27, 2020 on @FXNetworks."

President Clinton was the second president in history to be impeached after Andrew Johnson. The infamous quote "I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Ms. Lewinsky" came from a public statement in which President Clinton denied allegations that he and Monica Lewinsky, a 21-year-old unpaid White House intern, were sexually involved.

Murphy's series works with controversial stories and is unafraid to bring to light even the most minute details of a crime, and there is certainly plenty to cover in Clinton's impeachment. 

An all-star cast of women is involved at the start of the season. 

As opposed to focusing on the former president, supposedly the third season will revolve around the women at the center of this story: Lewinsky, of course, Linda Tripp, her confidant who exposed private details about the scandal, and Paula Jones, who accused Clinton of sexual harassment. 

FX CEO John Landgraf said in a statement, "This franchise reexamines some of the most complicated, polarizing stories in recent history in a way that is relevant, nuanced, and entertaining. Impeachment: American Crime Story will likewise explore the overlooked dimensions of the women who found themselves caught up in the scandal and political war that cast a long shadow over the Clinton presidency."

Upon hearing the news that Feldstein would take on the difficult role, many were absolutely thrilled. 

"The phrase 'Beanie Feldstein as Monica Lewinsky' is the perfect example of how sometimes you have no way of knowing you want something until the universe reveals it to you," one person wrote on Twitter. Feldstein made waves as one part of the best friend duo in Olivia Wilde's directorial debut, Booksmart. The hilarious buddy film followed two college-bound best friends, Molly and Amy, going to their first and last high school party. 

Now Feldstein will take on the grittier role of playing Lewinsky, who was infamously bullied and attacked for her part in the controversial impeachment. 

Feldstein has made a name for herself in the theater and comedy worlds, so now it's time to take on a drama. 

The actor proved she has acting chops in her various theatrical and comedic productions, but clearly she also has what it takes to portray a dramatic role. Feldstein and her Booksmart costar Kaitlyn Dever were applauded for an honest look at female friendship. An advocate for body positivity and LGBTQ rights, Feldstein surely will not take her upcoming role lightly. 

The original plan for the third season was a deep dive into the criminal actions following Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, but this theme feels hyper-timely for its release date. 

Of course, a season following a presidential impeachment would release the same year as one of the most controversial elections in recent history. One person on Twitter noted, "scrapping the original plan for season 3, AMERICAN CRIME STORY: KATRINA, for this concept and airing in the weeks of 2020 leading up to the election is.... a very Fox/Disney choice." 

Murphy decided to hire on Lewinsky as a producer for the season because he didn't think it was right for anyone else to tell her story.

Monica Lewinsky spoke to Vanity Fair about the decision to tell her story again at such a controversial time. 

This isn't the first time Lewinsky has told her story, but the popularity of ACS will bring it to a much larger scale. Lewinsky explained to Vanity Fair why she is signing on in such a big role to this project: "I was hesitant, and truthfully more than a little scared to sign on. But after a lengthy dinner meeting with Ryan, I came to understand even more clearly how dedicated he is to giving a voice to the marginalized in all of his brilliant work. I’m privileged to work with him and the other talented people on the team, and I’m privileged to have this opportunity."

She continued, "People have been co-opting and telling my part in this story for decades. In fact, it wasn’t until the past few years that I’ve been able to fully reclaim my narrative; almost 20 years later."

Fans of Feldstein are ready to see her take on this difficult role and think she is more than deserving. 

A GIF of Molly screaming "It's the titular role" from a scene in Booksmart somehow fits Feldstein's situation now perfectly. This is a huge step for the 26-year-old actor, and fans couldn't be happier for her. One person wrote on Twitter, "So happy beanie feldstein is gonna be on american crime story. it’s what she deserves."