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Cuba Gooding Jr. and Sarah Paulson Cast As O.J. Simpson and Marcia Clark in FX’s ‘American Crime Story’

“The People vs. O.J. Simpson” has found its leads.

Cuba Gooding Jr. will play football star-turned-murder defendant O.J. Simpson, and Sarah Paulson will portray prosecutor Marcia Clark in the first installment of Ryan Murphy’s new anthology miniseries for FX, “American Crime Story: The People vs. O.J. Simpson.”

Oscar winner Gooding Jr. (“Jerry Maguire”) is currently appearing in “Selma” and is in production on “The Book of Negroes.” Emmy nominee Paulson is now starring in “American Horror Story: Freak Show” and recently completed production on Todd Haynes’ latest film, “Carol,” alongside Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara.

Murphy developed “American Crime Story” to focus each season on a different true crime story that made headlines. The first installment is based on the book “The Run of His Life: The People vs. O.J. Simpson” by Jeffrey Toobin.

“American Crime Story” will be a look at the O.J. Simpson trial told from the perspective of the lawyers, exploring the behind-the-scenes dealings and maneuvering on both sides of the court. The first two hours of the miniseries will be written by Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski (“The People vs. Larry Flynt”). Nina Jacobson, Brad Simpson, and Brad Falchuk join Murphy, who is set to direct, as executive producers.

Production on the series begins early next year in Los Angeles. It is produced by FXP and Fox 21 Television Studios.

Gooding is repped by ICM Partners; Paulson is repped by UTA. Murphy is represented by CAA and attorney Craig Emmanuel of Loeb & Loeb.

Alexander and Karaszewski are represented by CAA and attorney Christine Cuddy of Kleinberg, Lange, Cuddy & Carlo LLP.

The rights for Toobin’s book were represented by ICM Partners.

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