Cuba Gooding Jr., Sarah Paulson Land Lead Roles in American Crime Story: The People V. OJ Simpson

“Show me the money evidence!”

That could (but probably won’t) be the tagline for FX’s American Crime Story: The People V. OJ Simpson, now that Oscar winner Cuba Gooding Jr. (Jerry Maguire) and Emmy-nominated Sarah Paulson (American Horror Story) have landed the lead roles of O.J. Simpson and prosecutor Marcia Clark.

American Crime Story, from American Horror Story creator Ryan Murphy, got a straight-to-series order in October — with a 10-episode first season focusing on the murder trial of NFL star Simpson, who was accused and ultimately acquitted of killing his wife Nicole Brown Simpson.

The story will be based on Jeffrey Toobin’s book The Run of His Life: The People V. O.J. Simpson, which is told from the lawyers’ perspective and details the legal maneuvering involved in the famous case.

If American Crime Story continues, subsequent seasons will focus on other infamous crimes.

Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski (The People vs. Larry Flynt) will pen the script; Murphy — who’ll co-executive produce with AHS‘ Brad Falchuk, among others — will direct the first episode.

Filming is slated to begin in early 2015 in Los Angeles.

 

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26 Comments
  1. Dennis says:

    Will Sarah be in the next AHS though?!

  2. Some chick says:

    Well Sarah Paulson is reason enough to tune out.

  3. Yeahman says:

    It won’t last long.

  4. Jan says:

    Watching the actual case in “real time” was bad enough!

  5. fiberlicious says:

    Really? I was over this piece of human garbage a decade ago. Zero interest in yet another rehash.

  6. Jenna R says:

    Very excited for this show! I’m hoping one of the subsequent seasons will be about the Tate Labianca murders and the Manson family.

  7. John Moshier says:

    how about the mamson trail that would be great

  8. I can’t wait to see the series. Ryan Murphy got the right cast.

  9. Ryan Murphy got the right cast. I can’t wait to see the series. Good luck.

  10. Jared says:

    I really hope this doesn’t take her away from the American Horror Story franchise.

  11. Network says:

    *major casting spoiler** I hear a lump of dog poop has been cast as a young Kim Kardashian.

  12. Because above all else in this world, after the endless hrs of TV that were devoted to the real trial the first time around, what we need to see now is ten more hours focused on this issue. Specially a fictionalized account (do note the sarcasm, heh).

  13. mollytanner says:

    The idea of the series is intriguing, but I think starting off with OJ is the wrong choice. How about something less recent like the Fatal Vision case?

  14. CK says:

    I’m just ready to see who is going to play Kato, Ito and the dancing Itos.

  15. Fernanda says:

    No more Horror Stories for Ms. Paulson?

  16. Tom says:

    With Murphy at its helm, it’ll be sure to have a great first season! And then fall apart slowly as you watch your favorite characters become caricatures.

  17. Heathers says:

    I find Sara Paulson to be an absolute bore. I am not interested in this heap of garbage show at all. I loved your comment about Kartrashian, Network!