*Ryan Murphy has found his O.J.
Cuba Gooding Jr. has been cast as the NFL superstar turned murder defendant in the first installment of Murphy’s new anthology miniseries for FX, “American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson.”
Actress Sarah Paulson (“12 Years a Slave,” “American Horror Story” franchise) will portray prosecutor Marcia Clark.
As previously reported, Murphy developed “American Crime Series” to focus each season on a different true crime story which made headlines and captivated the imagination of the public. The first installment, “American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson,” is based on the book The Run of His Life: The People v. O.J. Simpson by Jeffrey Toobin.
After his breakout role in 1992’s “Boyz N the Hood,” Cuba Gooding Jr. won the Academy Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for “Jerry Maguire” in 1996 and most recently starred in “Red Tails” and “Lee Daniels’ The Butler.”
He’s currently appearing in theaters in “Selma” and is in production on “The Book of Negroes.”
Paulson is currently starring in Murphy’s other FX series “American Horror Story: Freak Show” as the two-headed “Bette Tattler/Dot Tattler.” On film, she was last seen in director Steve McQueen’s “12 Years a Slave,” which was named Best Picture at the Academy Awards.
“American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson” will follow the O.J. Simpson trial as told from the perspective of the lawyers. It 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.