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Courtney B. Vance Will Play Johnny Cochran in Ryan Murphy’s “American Crime” Franchise

Courtney B. Vance Will Play Johnny Cochran in Ryan Murphy's "American Crime" Franchise

Joining Cuba Gooding Jr.and Sarah Paulson, who already booked lead roles as O.J. Simpson and prosecutor Marcia Clark, in prolific, award-winning producer Ryan Murphy’s “American Crime Story,” is Courtney B. Vance, who has been cast to play Johnny Cochran.

Recall a previous report that said Samuel L. Jackson was wanted for the part.

The new franchise has been ordered by FX, also home to Murhpy’s “American Horror Story” series.

The 10-episode first season, “American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson,” will be based on the book “The Run of His Life: The People v. O.J. Simpson” by Jeffrey Toobin, which will provide audiences with a look at the O.J. Simpson trial told from the perspective of the lawyers that explored the chaotic behind-the-scenes dealings and maneuvering on both sides of the court, and how a combination of prosecution confidence, defense wiliness, and the LAPD’s history with the city’s black community gave a jury what it needed: reasonable doubt.

It was previously reported that both Nicole Brown and Ronald Goldman will be absent from the film, because the story takes place after their murders (primarily the court trial that followed), and there will be no flashbacks. 

Meanwhile, David Schwimmer will play Robert Kardashian,

Ryan Murphy joins Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson (“The Hunger Games,” “Diary of a Wimpy Kid”) and Brad Falchuk (“Glee,” “American Horror Story”, co-created with Murphy) as Executive Producers of “American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson,” alongside writers Alexander and Karaszewski. Dante Di Loreto also serves as an Executive Producer, with Murphy set to direct.

The real O.J. Simpson is not involved in the series in any way, nor will he benefit financially from it.

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