Cuba Gooding, Jr. to Play O.J. Simpson In New Ryan Murphy Crime Drama
By Jackie Willis
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American Horror Story and Glee creator Ryan Murphy has started casting for his 10-episode FX miniseries about the infamous 1995 O.J. Simpson trial, and he's placed an Oscar winner and an AHS regular into two of the major roles.
Jerry Maguire star Cuba Gooding, Jr. will take on the role of Simpson, while Sarah Paulson will portray prosecuting attorney Marcia Clark.
American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson will dramatize the two-count murder trial of the former NFL pro. Simpson was found not guilty in the June 1994 deaths of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and waiter Ronald Lyle Goldman.
Kim Kardashian's father, the late Robert Kardashian, was on Simpson's defense team that was led by Robert Shapiro and later Johnnie Cochran.
The miniseries will be based on the book The Run of His Life: The People v. O.J. Simpson by Jeffrey Toobin, and Murphy is expected to direct at least the first episode.
This is not the first time either actor has taken on real-life personas on screen. Paulson most recently embodied Sarah Palin's senior adviser Nicole Wallace in the HBO film Game Change, while Gooding, Jr. can be seen on the big screen as civil rights attorney Fred Gray in the upcoming film Selma.