John Travolta Returns to TV for ‘American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson’

By January 7, 2015

After landing Oscar winner Cuba Gooding Jr. for the lead role in the forthcoming FX miniseries “American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson,” a big star who got his start on television is joining him on the small screen.

Today, FX announced that television will welcome back (welcome back, welcome back) John Travolta in the role of attorney Robert Shapiro in the story of football player and actor O.J. Simpson’s trial for the murder of his ex-wife Nicole Simpson. Shapiro was a key member of Simpson’s “Dream Team” of attorneys during the trial that was constantly making headlines at the time.

In addition, David Schwimmer has been added to the cast as O.J. Simpson’s confidant and attorney Robert Kardashian, joining the previously cast “American Horror Story” star Sarah Paulson as prosecutor Marcia Clark. But, we’re still wondering who will play Kato Kaelin, one of the star witnesses of the trial, as well as attorney Johnnie Cochran.

David Schwimmer - Robert Kardashian

For those not familiar with the infamous 90s court case, here’s the official synopsis:

Based on the book The Run of His Life: The People v. O.J. Simpson by Jeffrey Toobin, the miniseries is a look at the O.J. Simpson trial told from the perspective of the lawyers. It explores the chaotic behind-the-scenes dealings and maneuvering on both sides of the court, and how a combination of prosecution overconfidence, defense shrewdness, and the LAPD’s history with the city’s African-American community gave a jury what it needed: reasonable doubt.

The series’ script hails from Golden Globe-winning producers Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski (Big Eyes, The People v. Larry Flynt) with Emmy-winning producer and director Ryan Murphy directing the pilot episode of the series he’s also executive producing with Ryan Murphy, Nina Jacobson, Brad Simpson, Scott Alexander, Larry Karaszewski, Brad Falchuk, and Dante Di Loreto.

This is quite an impressive cast for a miniseries, and this is bound to be quite the television event, maybe even as big as the trial itself. Travolta and Gooding could both use a comeback, and since TV is thriving right now in a new Golden Age, this could be just what the doctor (or judge) ordered.

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Ethan Anderton
Some of his favorite films include Ghostbusters, The Empire Strikes Back and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, while his favorite TV series include LOST, Mad Men, 30 Rock, Parks & Recreation, Arrested Development and Saturday Night Live.