Cuba Gooding Jr. is O.J. Simpson in AMERICAN CRIME STORY Season One

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Ryan Murphy’s anthology horror series American Horror Story, currently airing its fourth season subtitled Freak Show, is one of those shows you should be watching. However Murphy has another anthology series in the works – American Crime Story – which will be about crime. American ones. It’s really all right there in the title. Season one is going to deal with one of the most sensational trials of the 90’s – the trial of O.J. Simpson for the murder of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and waiter Ronald Lyle Goldman – and will be subtitled The People v. O.J. Simpson.

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And just who is going to be playing the formerly iconic and now disgraced ex-football (American football, not that silly soccer stuff) player who’s currently incarcerated for armed robbery and kidnapping? None other than Oscar-winner Cuba Gooding Jr. In what was been dubbed as “the trial of the century” television network FX and Ryan Murphy will explore (via

“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.”

Sarah Paulson, who’s starred in every season of American Horror Story so far, is also set to join the project as prosecuting attorney Marcia Clark. No word as yet on who’ll play Simpson’s defense attorney Johnnie “If the glove doesn’t fit you must acquit” Cochran. Fun fact: This trial introduced us to the Kardashians, as Robert Kardashian was both Simpson’s friend and one of his defense attorneys.

The anthology series is set to deal with a different true detective crime story each season, with season one based on Jeffrey Toobin’s account The Run of His Life: The People v. O.J. Simpson. I’m sure they’ll make good use of Simpson’s 2007 utterly fictional novel(?) If I Did It: Confessions of the Killer while researching the project.

Last Updated: December 11, 2014

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