American Crime Story: The People v. OJ Simpson Teaser Gives Voice to the Trial's Iconic Players

“I like to win. This case is a loser.”

So declares flamboyant defense attorney Johnny Cochran (played by Courtney B. Vance) in FX’s sparse but intriguing first teaser trailer for American Crime Story: The People v. OJ Simpson.

Three other key players in the star-studded cast can be heard over ominous piano music and against stark black-and-white typeface: Cuba Gooding Jr. (as Simpson), Sarah Paulson (as prosecutor Marcia Clark) and John Travolta (as Robert Shapiro).

It’s Clark’s proclamation, though, that will most certainly come back to haunt her by the end of the 10-episode event series.

American Crime Story, which focuses on Simpson being accused, then ultimately acquitted of killing his wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, is slated to air in February. The cast also includes David Schwimmer (as Robert Kardashian), Connie Britton (as Faye Resnick), Selma Blair (as Kris Jenner)

The series — the latest from Ryan Murphy (American Horror Story, Glee) — will be based on Jeffrey Toobin’s book The Run of His Life: The People V. O.J. Simpson, which, according to FX, “explores the chaotic behind-the-scenes dealings and maneuvering on both sides of the court, and how a combination of prosecution overconfidence, defense shrewdness, and the LAPD’s history with the city’s African-American community gave a jury what it needed: reasonable doubt.”

American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson is being written by Golden Globe-winning producers Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski (Big Eyes, The People v. Larry Flynt); Murphy will direct the first episode.

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  1. damroberts744 says:

    Coming from Ryan Murphy this will either be gold, or complete crap…

    • Liz says:

      No No No Ryan Murphy shows turn into complete crap around season 2. Anthology wise they kind of bounce back around season 3 (AHS Coven)

      • Marco says:

        No, season 3 is when they turn into complete and utter unwatchability (AHS COVEN, the single worst season of everything ever, Glee season 3).

  2. Jared says:

    What does Kris Jenner have to do with the OJ case? I mean I know her husband Robert Kardashian was part of the legal team but other than that why would she be involved in this?

    • T.W.123 says:

      She and Nicole were very close, the Khardasians and the Simpsons were good family friends. (I mean, there is also the rumor that OJ is really the father of Khloe Khardasian, but I can’t imagine how that relates to this movie…)

    • bar says:

      Oh so you know the connection but you’re still going to ask the question? hmmm…

  3. Marco says:

    OJ Simpson also killed waiter Ron Goldman,not just his wife.