annette bening is one of the more underrated stars in Hollywood. Her filmography is lengthy and she has shown no signs of slowing down, even though she is nearing her 60s. Her latest role may be one of her most challenging yet, as Bening is set to star in "american crime story: Katrina."

The new season

The new season of "American Crime Story" will observe the devastation of Hurricane Katrina and its immediate aftermath in New Orleans. Bening is slated to play Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco, who struggled (along with the rest of the government) to handle the impact of the massive hurricane.

The show isn't expected to come out until 2018, as the scripts have yet to be written and a shooting schedule in New Orleans is closely tied to the weather of the city.

It's no wonder Bening would want to be involved with the show after its historic first season. "American Crime Story: The People vs. O.J. Simpson" won several Emmy and Golden Globe Awards. The series depicted the infamous double-homicide star football player O.J. Simpson was alleged to be involved in and his subsequent trial and acquittal. Bening is the first person known to be cast in the new season of the show.

A career on the screen

Bening has been making movies for a long time, although she never really did a great deal of work in television.

The one exception came when she starred in a television movie, "Mrs. Harris," for which she was nominated for several awards. She even has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

The most notable roles of her career include Carolyn Burnham in "American Beauty," Julia Lambert in "Being Julia," Dr. Nicole Allgood in "The Kids Are All Right," and her acclaimed role of Dorothea Fields in the new movie "20th Century Women." She was also in "Running with Scissors," where she worked with Ryan Murphy, an executive producer of "American Crime Story." If Season 2 of the show is anything like Season 1 was, Bening could be in line for another highly-acclaimed performance in a career that has been full of them.