Cuba Gooding Jr. to Play O.J. Simpson for Ryan Murphy

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 11:  Actor Cuba Gooding, Jr. attends the 2012 People's Choice Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on January 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for PCA)
Photo: Frazer Harrison/2012 Getty Images

Cuba Gooding Jr. and Sarah Paulson will star as two of the main characters in Ryan Murphy’s other FX anthology, American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson, the network announced today. This first installment will detail former football star Simpson’s infamous 1995 criminal trial from the perspective of the lawyers and is based on Jeffrey Toobin’s similarly named book, The Run of His Life: The People v. O.J. Simpson. Gooding Jr. will play Simpson, and Paulson — with likely only one head — will take a turn as prosecutor Marcia Clark.

Cuba Gooding Jr. to Play O.J. for Ryan Murphy