‘American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson’ Sets 2016 Premiere in First Teaser
It’s been some time since we’ve heard from American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson, but with fall entering full swing amid Scream Queens and American Horror Story, FX branched out to the other side of the Ryan Murphy family tree. Check out the first American Crime Story teaser’s opening remarks, and learn when the star-studded cast takes the stand in 2016!
Despite some spectacular set photos in recent months, our first look at American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson doesn’t offer any actual footage, but rather audio snippets from John Travolta’s Robert Shapiro, Sarah Paulson’s Marcia Clark, Courtney B. Vance’s Johnnie Cochran, and of course, Cuba Gooding Jr. as the man himself.
The 10-episode miniseries follows Jeffrey Toobin book The Run of His Life: The People v. O.J. Simpson, with episodes written by Scott Alexander & Larry Karaszewski, and directed by Ryan Murphy. Produced by Murphy, Nina Jacobson, Brad Simpson, Brad Falchuk and Dante Di Loretto, so reads the official synopsis for the new series, which begins production this year:
‘American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson’ is a look at the O.J. Simpson trial told from the perspective of the lawyers that 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.
Missing from the teaser, but also included among the cast are David Schwimmer as Kardashian patriarch Robert, Billy Magnussen as Kato Kaelin, Selma Blair as Kris Jenner, Jordana Brewster as Denise Brown, Kenneth Choi as Judge Ito, Connie Britton as Faye Resnick, Bruce Greenwood as Gil Garcetti, Steven Pasquale as Mark Fuhrman, Sterling K. Brown as Christopher Darden, Malcolm-Jamal Warner as Al Cowlings, Evan Handler as Alan Dershowitz and Cheryl Ladd as Linell Shapiro.
Keeping to the American Horror Story model, subsequent seasons will follow other headline-making real-world crimes, though it’s unclear if the series would reuse cast members, like its predecessor.
Have a look at FX’s American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson above, and prepare for more Ryan Murphy madness in February 2016.
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