Matthew Broderick joins 'Katrina: American Crime Story' as FEMA director Michael Brown

OK, let's backtrack: The upcomingAmerican Crime Story miniseries is set to focus on the devastation laid out by Hurricane Katrina in August 2005, with each episode tackling specific events. So in the middle of this national crisis, you have Brown, appointed by President Bush as FEMA deputy director in 2003, and facing substantial criticism with how he was handling disaster aid.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the upcoming season of FX's true crime anthology television series developed by Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski will feature Tony award-winning actor Matthew Broderick in the role of Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) director Michael D. Brown. Bening will play then Louisiana governor Kathleen Blanco, who also shouldered a lot of the blame in the chaos surrounding the storm's direct hit to New Orleans, which killed hundreds of people. The series won two Golden Globes.

Bening and Broderick are the only two cast members so far announced for "Katrina: American Crime Story", although Murphy has said frequent collaborator Sarah Paulson will have a yet-disclosed role.

However, it's expected that some of the cast from American Crime Story's first run will be back t play new real-life figures.

Much like the highly-popular 'American Horror Story, ' each season is a self-contained miniseries with specific storylines.

  • Carolyn Briggs