FX’s ‘American Crime Story’ Adds ‘Horror’ Alum Connie Britton as Faye Resnick
Fans of American Horror Story have been clamoring since Season 2 to return original star Connie Britton to the fold, and Ryan Murphy has (sort of) granted their wish. Britton has officially joined FX’s American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson in the role of Nicole Brown-Simpson’s friend Faye Resnick.
Taking a break from announcing American Horror Story: Hotel additions, Ryan Murphy revealed the news of Britton’s casting over Twitter. Apart from her time spent on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, Resnick is perhaps best known for her part in the O.J. Simpson trial as a friend of Nicole Brown, as defense postulated that drug dealers might have murdered Brown and Ron Goldman in search of Resnick, while the socialite also penned a controversial memoir about Brown that temporarily halted the trial.
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.
Vritton joins a cast that thus far includes Courtney B. Vance as Johnny Cochran, John Travolta as Robert Shapiro, David Schwimmer as lawyer Robert Kardashian, Cuba Gooding Jr. as the titular criminal, and Sarah Paulson as prosecuting attorney Marcia Clark. Keeping to the American Horror Story model, subsequent seasons will follow another headline-making real-world crime, though it’s unclear if the series would reuse cast members, like its predecessor.
It’s no Horror Story, but who else besides Britton should join FX’s American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson?