New series, “American Crime Story” to focus on infamous O.J. Simpson trial for opening season

fx-tv-channel-logoFollowing in the footsteps of FX’s other very popular anthology TV series “American Horror Story,” “American Crime Story” is set to make a premiere on the network very soon. It’s first story will be titled “American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson” and will follow the behind the scenes story of the trial that gripped the United States in the early 90’s.

FX has cast Cuba Gooding Jr. in the starring role of the series, as the former Buffalo Bills running back. The show will be run by the same group that brought us “American Horror Story,” overseen by “Glee” and “Nip/Tuck” creator Ryan Murphy.

The show will be based on the book “The Run of His Life: The People v. O.J. Simpson.” It will be told from the perspective of the lawyers of the trial, showing both sides of the story, and how a combination of prosecution confidence, defensive wiliness and the LAPD’s long standing history with the city’s African American community gave the jury a reasonable doubt in the case.

Joining Gooding Jr. in the cast will be Sarah Paulson, who is already a star on Murphy’s “American Horror Story: Freak Show.” She will be portraying the case’s prosecutor Marcia Clark and will reportedly be the second main character on the show.

The first two episodes of the series will be co-written by Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski (The People vs. Larry Flynt) and Ryan Murphy will be directing.

Other news about this new series goes along with rumors that “American Crime Story” will be like it’s cousin “American Horror Story” in that each season will portray a whole new story. This time confirmed to be that of a true crime in American History. Production of “American Crime Story” will begin early 2015 in Los Angeles.

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