Schiller to direct miniseries

Ron Silver will take on the lead role of Robert Shapiro in the upcoming CBS miniseries “American Tragedy.”

The longform is based on the 1996 Lawrence Schiller book about the team that defended O. J. Simpson in his trial for the murder of his wife Nicole Brown and her friend Ron Goldman.

Barry Levinson, Schiller and Tom Fontana are producing “American Tragedy”; Schiller will direct. Ving Rhames, Christopher Plummer and Bruno Kirby also star.

Silver most recently performed the title role of “Bill Graham Presents” at Los Angeles’ Canon Theater. The thesp received a Tony Award and a Drama Desk Award for his work in David Mamet’s “Speed the Plow.”

Silver’s film work includes starring roles in “Reversal of Fortune” and “Enemies: A Love Story.” TV credits include the TNT movie “Kissinger and Nixon,” a role opposite Kirstie Alley in “Veronica’s Closet” and a recurring role on “Chicago Hope.” He was nominated for an Emmy for “The Billionaire Boys Club.”

Silver is repped by Andrea Eastman and Brian Mann at ICM, and David Seltzer of Industry Entertainment.

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