FX is hoping for another hit from “American Horror Story” co-creator Ryan Murphy with his upcoming true-crime anthology series “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story.”
Based on Jeffrey Toobin’s book “The Run of His Life: The People v. O.J. Simpson,” the limited series will look at the Simpson trial from the perspective of the lawyers.
It will explore the chaotic behind-the-scenes dealings and maneuvering on both sides of the court and how the LAPD’s history with the city’s African-American community affected the trial.
The show has a stellar cast playing the actual people, including Cuba Gooding Jr. as Simpson, John Travolta as his attorney Robert Shapiro, and Sarah Paulson as prosecutor Marcia Clark, among others — and the costuming, hair, and makeup certainly do a lot of work.
Take a look at the actors in character next to the real-life people they’re portraying below:
Cuba Gooding, Jr. (“Jerry Maguire,” “Empire”) as O.J. Simpson:
Simpson was tried on two counts of murder for the deaths of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and waiter Ronald Lyle Goldman in June 1994.
David Schwimmer (“Friends”) as Robert Kardashian:
The late Kardashian was one member of Simpson’s team of high-profile defense attorneys. And, yes, he’s the father of Kim Kardashian, her sisters, and her brother, who is named after the attorney.
Courtney B. Vance (“State of Affairs,” “Revenge”) as Johnnie Cochran:
The most well-known member of Simpson’s defense team, which was dubbed “The Dream Team.” Cochran went on to represent several celebrities, including Sean Combs, Snoop Dogg, and Michael Jackson.