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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