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Annette Bening, right, was originally cast to portray then-Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco, left, in FX's "Katrina: American Crime Story." But a change in the series' focus reportedly has eliminated that role.

FX's "American Crime Story: Katrina" is back on track, according to a report by the Hollywood Reporter.

But there'll be a new, more narrow focus, and the series will no longer feature acclaimed actress Annette Bening as former Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco.

That intriguing casting announcement in February highlighted a star-studded group signed for the series, including Dennis Quaid as President George W. Bush.


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"Katrina" will now be based on the book "Five Days at Memorial," which explores the hurricane aftermath at the New Orleans Memorial Medical Center and the decision by staff — including Dr. Anna Pou — to euthanize critically ill patients after being trapped in the hospital for days without power.

The Hollywood Reporter said producers were trying to find new characters for Bening, Quaid, Matthew Broderick and others.

Read the entire Hollywood Reporter story here.