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Dennis Quaid Cast as George W. Bush for FX 'Katrina' Series

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Dennis Quaid will star as President George W. Bush in FX's "Katrina: American Crime Story." (AP photos)

By    |   Friday, 19 May 2017 01:58 PM

Dennis Quaid will portray former President George W. Bush in the upcoming FX limited series "Katrina: American Crime Story."

He joins the cast that features Matthew Broderick as Federal Emergency Management Agency Director Michael D. Brown and Annette Benning as then-Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco.

The poor response to the massive hurricane in 2005 where New Orleans was flooded when a levee protecting the city broke after the storm played a part in politically damaging Bush, the president admitted in his 2010 memoir "Decision Points."

Democrats won control of Congress the following year and Democrat Barack Obama won the presidency in 2008.

"Katrina: American Crime Story" follows the success of the award-winning FX installment "The People v. O.J. Simpson." Courtney B. Vance, Sarah Paulson, and Cuba Gooding Jr., who all played starring roles in that series, will also appear in "Katrina."

Ironically, Quaid played President Bill Clinton in the HBO film "The Special Relationship" in 2010. That film examined the relationship between Clinton and Great Britain's Prime Minister Tony Blair during their terms in office in the 1990s.

Salon.com reported that while much of the storyline has not been publicized, it has been reported that the book "The Great Deluge," by historian Doug Brinkley, is being used as source material.

Katrina hit the Gulf Coast as a Category 3 hurricane on Aug. 29, 2005, spreading destruction across some 400 miles. The levee breaches led to massive flooding, displacing hundreds of thousands of people in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama while causing more than $100 billion in damage.

Katrina is considered one of the country's most deadly hurricanes, connected to an estimated 1,833 deaths while its damage estimates at the time was the costliest in U.S. history.

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