John Travolta is making a return to the small screen, thanks to Ryan Murphy’s new show American Crime Story. The film star, who in recent times is best known for his inability to read an autocue, has not appeared as a regular on a TV show in over 35 years.
The 10 part drama series, which tells the story of the infamous O.J. Simpson trial from the point of view of Simpson’s defense team, is set to be the first season of Murphy’s true crime drama series.
According to Entertainment Weekly, Travolta will be playing Robert Shapiro who was one of Simpson’s defense attorneys. It is also reported that Travolta will also be acting as a producer on the project, which seems a rather unusual decision to me, but who knows?
The series which will air on FX, will also star Friends actor David Schwimmer as Robert Kardashian, American Horror Story’s Sarah Paulson will be appearing as prosecutor Marcia Clark, and Cuba Gooding Jr. will be playing O.J. Simpson himself.
American Crime Story will be directed by Ryan Murphy who will also be serving as executive producer, and fellow executive producers Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski will be writing the series. As we previously reported, the series is based on the Jeffrey Toobin book The Run of His Life: The People v. O.J. Simpson.
FX, which is the network which also shows Murphy’s hit drama American Horror Story, has said that the drama series “explores the chaotic behind-the-scenes dealings and manoeuvring on both sides of the court, and how a combination of prosecution overconfidence, defense shrewdness, and the LAPD’s history with the city’s African-American community gave a jury what it needed: reasonable doubt.”
There is no news as to when we can expect to see American Crime Story on our screens, however with the cast that Murphy has got for the drama it looks like one to watch.