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Courtney Vance Cast as Johnnie Cochran in FX’s ‘American Crime Story’

Courtney Vance has joined Ryan Murphy’s FX miniseries “American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson,” as defense attorney Johnnie Cochran, Variety has confirmed.

The “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” alum joins previously cast “Dream Team” players John Travolta, who will play Robert Shapiro, and David Schwimmer, as Robert Kardashian.

Cuba Gooding Jr. will portray O.J. Simpson, and Sarah Paulson (“American Horror Story”) was cast as prosecutor Marcia Clark.

“American Crime Story” is based on Jeffrey Toobin’s book “The Run of His Life: The People v. O.J. Simpson.” The miniseries is produced by Fox 21 Television Studios and FX Productions with exec producers Murphy, Nina Jacobson, Brad Simpson, Scott Alexander, Larry Karaszewski, Brad Falchuk and Dante Di Loreto.

Production begins in Los Angeles this year.

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