FX’s ‘People v. O.J. Simpson’ Goes Full Ryan Murphy in New Trailer
FX’s American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson will undoubtedly milk a connection to Ryan Murphy’s more Horror-bent branch, but rest assured, the new series won’t veer so hard into crazy camp. Then again, You might not know it by the latest People v. O.J. Simpson trailer and sneak peek.
Our most in-depth look at the new series offers a historical context to the case, set in the aftermath of the Rodney King beatings and Los Angeles riots. You’ll also see the origins of that famous Bronco chase, as cast and crew give their own take on what the series represents.
Premiering February 2, 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:
‘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.
Included among the cast are Cuba Gooding Jr. as O.J. Simpson, John Travolta as Robert Shapiro, Sarah Paulson as Marcia Clark, Courtney B. Vance as Johnnie Cochran, 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. Last we heard, Hurricane Katrina will form the basis for an as-yet-unconfirmed Season 2.
Ride that bronco with FX’s American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson photos and trailers below, and prepare for more Ryan Murphy madness on February 2.