“Show me the…bloody glove!”
In this week’s most creative bit of casting news, we present you with Cuba Gooding Jr. as O.J. Simpson!
The Academy Award winner [for JERRY MAGUIRE], will play NFL hero-turned presumed murderer in an upcoming FX miniseries.
[via press release]
CUBA GOODING JR. CAST AS O.J. SIMPSON, SARAH PAULSON AS MARCIA CLARK IN AMERICAN CRIME STORY: THE PEOPLE V. O.J. SIMPSON
Academy Award®-winning Actor Cuba Gooding Jr. to Star in the First Installment of the New Anthology Series from Prolific Award-Winning Producer Ryan Murphy and Executive Producers Nina Jacobson, Brad Simpson, Brad Falchuk, Scott Alexander, Larry Karaszewski and Dante Di Loreto
American Horror Story’s Sarah Paulson to Star Opposite Gooding Jr. as the Relentless Prosecutor in the High-Profile Murder Case
Written by Scott Alexander & Larry Karaszewski and Directed by Ryan Murphy
Based on the Book The Run of His Life: The People v. O.J. Simpson by Jeffrey Toobin
LOS ANGELES, December 9, 2014 – Academy Award®-winning actor Cuba Gooding Jr. will play football star turned murder defendant O.J. Simpson and Emmy® Award and Golden Globe® Award nominated actress Sarah Paulson will portray prosecutor Marcia Clark in the first installment of Ryan Murphy’s new anthology miniseries for FX, American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson.
Cuba Gooding Jr. won the Academy Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for Jerry Maguire in 1996 and has earned critical acclaim for his work in feature films and television. His feature credits include As Good as It Gets, Men of Honor, American Gangster, Red Tails and Lee Daniels’ The Butler. Gooding Jr. is currently appearing in theaters in Selma and is in production on The Book of Negroes. His television credits range from Hill Street Blues and MacGyver to the recent TV movie Summoned and the upcoming Comedy Central series Big Time in Hollywood, FL.
Sarah Paulson is currently starring in American Horror Story: Freak Show as “Bette Tattler/Dot Tattler.” Paulson previously starred in the third installment of the critically acclaimed series American Horror Story: Coven for which she received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie. In the anthology series’ second season, Paulson earned a Critics Choice Television Award for Best Actress in a Movie or Miniseries as well as an Emmy nomination for her work as “Lana Winters.” Paulson was also nominated for an Emmy Award as well as a Golden Globe Award for HBO’s 2012 television movie Game Change, and earned a Golden Globe Award nomination in 2006 for the NBC comedy series Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. On film, Paulson was last seen in director Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave, which was named Best Picture at the Academy Awards, and has starred in such critically acclaimed features as Mud and Martha Marcy May Marlene. She recently completed production on Todd Hayne’s latest film Carol opposite Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara.
Murphy developed American Crime Series to focus each season on a different true crime story which made headlines and captivated the imagination of the public. The first installment, American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson, is based on the book The Run of His Life: The People v. O.J. Simpson by Jeffrey Toobin.
Murphy joins Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson (The Hunger Games, Diary of a Wimpy Kid) and Brad Falchuk (Glee, American Horror Story, co-created with Murphy) as Executive Producers of American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson, alongside Golden Globe-winning screenwriter Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski. Dante Di Loreto also serves as an Executive Producer, with Murphy set to direct. The first two hours of the miniseries will be written by Alexander and Karaszewski (The People vs. Larry Flynt, Ed Wood, Man on the Moon). Production begins early next year in Los Angeles. It is produced by FXP and Fox 21 Television Studios, the companies that co-produce the long-running hit series Sons of Anarchy for the network.
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.
Ryan Murphy is the Emmy and Golden Globe award-winning writer/producer and director of the hit series Glee (FOX) and Nip/Tuck (FX) and the miniseries American Horror Story, American Horror Story: Asylum, American Horror Story: Coven, and the newest installment, American Horror Story: Freak Show. The first three installments of the AHS franchise have scored 51 Emmy Award nominations, and have earned its star Jessica Lange two Emmys, a Screen Actors Guild award and a Golden Globe. Murphy most recently won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Made for Television Movie for The Normal Heart (HBO), based on Larry Kramer’s award-winning play of the same title about early days of HIV-AIDS crisis in New York City’s gay community in the early 1980s.
Since its inception, Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson’s Color Force production company has proven to be a hotbed for bringing beloved literary adaptations to the big screen. Nina Jacobson, along with her partner Brad Simpson, have been able to secure valuable partnerships with several favorite pop culture writers, including Suzanne Collins (The Hunger Games trilogy), David Nicholls (One Day) and Jeff Kinney (The Wimpy Kid series). The company is currently developing several best-selling novels including Maria Semple’s Where’d You Go, Bernadette? with Annapurna Pictures, Kevin Kwan’s Crazy Rich Asians and Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch. In 2014, Color Force signed a first-look feature deal with Fox 2000. Color Force also has a first-look cable television deal with FX Productions. American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson will be the first production under this pact. Color Force’s films The Hunger Games and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire have grossed a combined $1.5 billion worldwide. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, the third film in the series, was released by Lionsgate on November 21, 2014, to be followed by the final film in the series, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 on November 20, 2015.
Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski are Golden Globe Award-winning screenwriters. They redefined the biopic genre with Ed Wood, The People vs. Larry Flynt, Man on the Moon, and the upcoming Christmas Day release Big Eyes.
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