Academy Award-winning actor Cuba Gooding Jr. has been cast as O.J. Simpson in Ryan Murphy’s new FX miniseries American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson.
Emmy Award and Golden Globe Award nominated actress Sarah Paulson has also been cast in the project. Paulson is currently starring in Murphy’s other FX series, American Horror Story: Freak Show where she plays Bette Tattler/Dot Tattler. In American Crime Story, Paulson will portray prosecutor Marcia Clark.
Murphy developed American Crime Series to focus on different true crime stories each season, the first installment is based on the book The Run of His Life: The People v. O.J. Simpson by Jeffrey Toobin. Joining Murphy on the production side is Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson (The Hunger Games, Diary of a Wimpy Kid) and Brad Falchuk (Glee, American Horror Story, co-created with Murphy) who will all serve as executive producers.
The official description on the series from FX is below:
American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson is a look at the O.J. Simpson trial told from the perspective of the lawyers that explores the chaotic behind-the-scenes dealings and maneuvering on both sides of the court, and how a combination of prosecution confidence, defense wiliness, and the LAPD’s history with the city’s African-American community gave a jury what it needed: reasonable doubt.
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