FX has found the lead actor for their new anthology series.
Cuba Gooding Jr. is set to star in the first season of American Crime Story, an off-shoot of the network’s American Horror Story franchise which hails from Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk, TVWise has learned.
Like its sister show, American Crime Story is an anthology series which will focus on a new “true crime” story each season. The first season (subtitled The People v. O.J. Simpson) will explore the O.J. Simpson trial told from the perspective of the lawyers 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.
Cuba Gooding Jr. is set to play O.J. Simpson, who found himself at the centre of a murder trial and massive media spectacle in the 1990s. In addition, American Horror Story alum Sarah Paulson has also signed on for a role on the show and will play Marcia Clark, a Deputy District Attorney for the County of Los Angeles who served as chief prosecutor on the O.J. Simpson trial.
The plot for the first season of American Crime Story was initially in development at Fox as a limited event series, before it segued to FX as part of a new Ryan Murphy created anthology series. The O.J. storyline is based on The Run of His Life: The People v. O.J. Simpson by Jeffrey Toobin, with Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski penning the first two episodes.
American Crime Story is set up at FX Productions and 20th Century Fox Television, both of which produced Sons of Anarchy for FX for the past seven years. The executive producers are Ryan Murphy, Nina Jacobson, Brad Simpson, Brad Falchuk, Scott Alexander, Larry Karaszewski and Dante Di Loreto. Ryan Murphy is also attached to direct the series, which begins production in Los Angeles in early 2015.