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Matthew Broderick Jumps Into ‘American Crime Story: Katrina’

He’ll play FEMA head Michael D. Brown, who was heavily criticized for his response to the super hurricane.

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We won’t see him until 2018, but Matthew Broderick is joining the anthology world of Ryan Murphy.

Broderick, probably most famously known for his 1986 film Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, is set to play Michael D. Brown in American Crime Story: Katrina, according to The Hollywood Reporter. It’s the followup to Murphy’s wildly successful American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson, and will include many of the actors from that outing, including Courtney B. Vance, Cuba Gooding Jr., and longtime Murphy star Sarah Paulson.

Brown was the director in charge of the Federal Emergency Management Agency when Hurricane Katrina hit the United States in 2005. It’s been ranked the third most intense storm in recorded history, behind only the 1935 Labor Day hurricane, and Hurricane Camille in 1969.

He’ll join Annette Bening among the new actors taking on a Murphy project. 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.

Broderick, who was nominated for an Emmy in 1994 for Great Performances, most recently appeared in the Oscar-nominated Manchester By the Sea, and played a version of himself in Trainwreck the year before.

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