Courtney B. Vance Lands Johnnie Cochran Role in American Crime Story

Fire away with your best “If the role fits…” zinger.

American Crime Story: The People Vs O.J. Simpson has cast Courtney B. Vance (Law & Order: Criminal Intent, State of Affairs) as flamboyant defense attorney Johnnie Cochran, TVLine has learned.

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.

Vance will star alongside John Travolta as Robert Shapiro and David Schwimmer as OJ pal Robert Kardashian — the three of whom headed up Simpson’s legal “dream team.”

Oscar winner Cuba Gooding Jr. will play Simpson, with Sarah Paulson portraying prosecutor Marcia Clark.

The story 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. Joey says:

    While I still don’t know what to think of the overall production, I can support this casting. I was thinking either him or Reg E. Cathey.

    • Michael says:

      Keeping it in the Angela Bassett family!! Maybe she’ll stick around for Horror Story then next season!

      • Zack Quinti says:

        odd casting for a comedy, he will have a hard time keep up with the comedy chops of John Travolta, David Schwimmer, and Cuba

  2. Butters says:

    This adds credibility to this project. I was sort of against them doing this because of the Goldman family and Nicole Brown Simpson’s children.

  3. Ram510 says:

    So let me get this straight ABC is going to premiere American Crime and then FX is going to have American Crime Story, how original guys