The People v OJ Simpson joins true crime wave

The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story - TX: n/a - Episode: n/a (No. n/a) - Picture Shows: +++Publication of this image is strictly embargoed until 00.01 hours Friday January 15th, 2016+++ Robert Kardashian (DAVID SCHWIMMER), Robert Shapiro (JOHN TRAVOLTA) - (C) The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story © 2016 Fox and its related entities. All rights reserved. - Photographer: Fox

Legal fight: Robert Kardashian (David Schwimmer) and Robert Shapiro (John Travolta)

JOHN TRAVOLTA, David Schwimmer and Cuba Gooding Jr are among the stars of an ambitious 10-parter coming to FX in the US and BBC2 next month. It will deal with the explosive 1995 trial of former football star OJ Simpson for the murder of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman.

Based on the book The Run of His Life: The People v OJ Simpson by Jeffrey Toobin, the series delves into the true-crime genre – currently riding high following the huge success of Netflix documentary Making a Murderer – by going behind the scenes of the manoeuvrings of the legal teams.

It is described as a story of over-confidence on behalf of the prosecution, alongside defence shrewdness and the Los Angeles Police Department’s record in dealing with the African-American community. Travolta and Schwimmer play defence lawyers Robert Shapiro and Robert Kardashian, and Gooding Jr is Simpson. Sarah Paulson will protray prosecutor Marcia Clark, Courtney B Vance is defence attorney Johnnie Cochran, and Bruce Greenwood plays District Attorney Gil Garcetti.

Kim Shillinglaw, Controller of BBC2 and BBC4, says: ‘I’m absolutely thrilled to be bringing this gripping, highly distinctive series to BBC2. With an outstanding cast and a top-rate creative team, it is just the kind of grown-up, contemporary drama I want to see on the channel.’

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OJ Simpson trial on Wikipedia

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The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story - TX: n/a - Episode: n/a (No. n/a) - Picture Shows: +++Publication of this image is strictly embargoed until 00.01 hours Friday January 15th, 2016+++ O.J. Simpson (CUBA GOODING JR.), Polygraph Examiner (JOSEPH BUTTLER) - (C) The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story © 2016 Fox and its related entities. All rights reserved. - Photographer: Fox

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