Quaid joins a cast that also includes Matthew Broderick as Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Director Michael D. Brown, who was in charge of the federal disaster response to Hurricane Katrina, and Annette Bening as Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco.
For the show's second season, Murphy made a decision to widen its scope from the trial of a single man to the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, which caused widespread destruction along the Gulf Coast. The Bush Administration and the government were widely criticized their lack of urgency and organization in their response to the Hurricane Katrina, one of the worst natural disasters in US history. "Brownie", as President George W. Bush dubbed him, was handed the FEMA reins despite lacking any qualifications for the job and was perceived as being in over his head.
"American Crime Story" - a spinoff of Murphy's "American Horror Story" - is part of an true-crime anthology series that was launched in 2016 with the acclaimed "American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson", which went on to win multiple Emmys and a Golden Globe.
Fans can expect to see Katrina: American Crime Story sometime in 2018.
The first installment, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, was nominated for 22 Emmy Awards, winning nine, including Outstanding Limited Series.
The last American Crime Story installment was based on the OJ Simpson trial. Quaid has previously portrayed President Bill Clinton in "The Special Relationship". Sarah Paulson is also reportedly in line for a role, although specifics have yet to be announced.