Ryan Murphy, creator of Glee, American Horror Story, and the upcoming Scream Queens (which looks terrible, by the way), is clearly someone who likes to have as many projects running as possible. Now that he’s successfully sullied the horror genre, he’s turning his sites on true crime with American Crime Story: The People vs. O.J. Simpson. I love a good true crime tale, and the O.J. Simpson trail definitely is an infamous moment that many people my age can remember like it happened yesterday. But there’s something so sleazy seeming about dramatizing all of this. Perhaps that aspect only comes from Murphy himself, who loves to have his projects be as campy and bat-shit insane as possible.
The Hollywood Report has the first images of the actors in character for the show, and let’s just say they’re predictably weird looking. Says THR: “The drama will be told through the perspective of the lawyers involved in the case and will explore the behind-the-scenes dealings on both sides of the court.” The cast includes Cuba Gooding Jr. as O.J. Simpson, John Travolta as Robert Shapiro, David Schwimmer playing Robert Kardashian, Courtney B. Vance as Johnnie Cochran, Sarah Paulson as Marcia Clark and Billy Magnussen as everyone’s favorite house guest Kato Kaelin.
Gooding doesn’t look much like O.J., Vance looks more like Seinfeld‘s Cochran parody Jackie Chiles, Magnussen looks like a muscular Kurt Cobain, and Travolta looks like Arnold Schwarzenegger, so that should give you an idea of where this show stands. And Sarah Paulson is a great actress, but will she be able to top Tina Fey’s portrayal as Marcia Clark on Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt?! Find out when the show premieres some time in 2016.