Matthew Broderick, aka Ferris from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, has been cast in Ryan Murphy’s Katrina: American Crime Story. Broderick will play Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Director Michael D. Brown, who gained infamy as the person in charge of the controversial federal disaster of a response to Hurricane Katrina.
Katrina is the second season of Murphy’s award-winning limited series. The first installment, The People vs. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, won nine Emmy awards, two Golden Globes and was FX’s most-watched series ever, with an average of 13.2 million viewers per episode. It also won four Critics’ Choice Awards, was named an AFI Television Program of the Year and landed near the top of Paste’s list of the best shows of 2016. In short, Katrina has a lot to live up to.
While Broderick is best known for his performance as the protagonist in Ferris Bueller, he’s been pretty busy in the years since, with various acting gigs and Broadway productions. He has starred in stage productions of Shining City, Sylvia, Brighton Beach Memoirs, How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying, Evening at the Talkhouse and many more. As for film, he has acted in Election opposite Reese Witherspoon, You Can Count on Me with Laura Linney, Rules Don’t Apply and most recently, in a small but important role in the Oscar-nominated Manchester by the Sea. Broderick was also the voice of adult Simba in The Lion King—who knew?
Check out Paste’s gallery of Broderick’s many roles here to fully appreciate his acting range, and stay tuned for more updates on Katrina: American Crime Story.