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“You Saw the Bronco. But You Weren’t in It.” Longer Teasers for ‘American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson’

"You Saw the Bronco. But You Weren’t in It." Longer Teasers for 'American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson'

“Our goal is to show you the behind-the-scenes mechanizations of crimes, stuff that you didn’t know… When I read the scripts, I didn’t know half the stuff [that occurred]. I’m like, ‘That happened? That happened?’ I think people will find them so illuminating. I did.” – Words from executive producer and director Ryan Murphy a few months ago about his upcoming scripted FX series that focuses on the O.J. Simpson’s murder trial courtroom saga, which apparently will surprise viewers with new info that, based on his above comment, wasn’t made public. He also raved about Cuba Gooding Jr.’s performance as O.J. Simpson.

Murphy’s “American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson,” which will air on the FX network, will unfold over a 10-episode first season (“American Crime Story” will be a new franchise, just like “American Horror Story”) and is based on the book “The Run of His Life: The People v. O.J. Simpson” by Jeffrey Toobin, which provides 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.

So this is much less about the actual crime itself, as the story takes place after their murders (the court trial that followed), and there will be no flashbacks.

Cuba Gooding Jr. plays O.J., while Sarah Paulson is prosecutor Marcia Clark, Courtney B. Vance plays the late Johnny Cochran, David Schwimmer is Robert Kardashian, John Travolta plays Robert Shapiro, and Billy Magnussen as Kato Kaelin.

Malcolm-Jamal Warner is A.C. Cowlings, the former pro football player and friend of the defendant, who was also the driver of the white Ford Bronco in the infamous televised police chase; Selma Blair is Kris Kardashian and Connie Britton is Faye Resnick.

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

FX has released 2 new longer teasers (the first batch were 15 seconds each; these are 20 to 30 seconds) for the series which are all embedded below (followed by the first group of 15-second teasers and character photos). At this rate, we just might get a first full trailer in another month.

“American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson” premieres February on FX.

Following are the older, 15 second teasers:

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