Following the first cast photos released back in May, FX Networks has released the first teaser trailer for American Crime Story, debuting this February. While a specific premiere date has not been given, the series may likely debut after American Horror Story's Season 5 run ends, since both shows were created by Ryan Murphy. The trailer doesn't show any footage, but we do get some brief snippets of dialogue from John Travolta as defense attorney Robert Shapiro, Sarah Paulson as prosecutor Marcia Clark, Courtney B. Vance as defense lawyer Johnnie Cochran and Cuba Gooding Jr. as the defendant O.J. Simpson.
Based on the book The Run of His Life: The People V. O.J. Simpson by Jeffrey Toobin, the limited series is a look at the O.J. Simpson trial told from the perspective of the lawyers. It explores the chaotic behind-the-scenes dealings and maneuvering 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. The miniseries has been given a 10 episode order by FX.
Prolific award-winning producer Ryan Murphy, whose American Horror Story franchise invented the anthology miniseries format, has come up with his next entry: American Crime Story, a companion anthology focused each season on a different true crime story which made headlines and captivated the imagination of the public. Murphy joins Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson and Brad Falchuk as Executive Producers of American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson, alongside writers Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski. Dante Di Loreto also serves as an Executive Producer, with Ryan Murphy set to direct.
The first two hours of the miniseries will be written by Golden Globe-winning screenwriters Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski (The People vs. Larry Flynt, Ed Wood, Man on the Moon), who serve as Executive Producers of American Crime Story. The cast is rounded out by David Schwimmer as Robert Kardashian, Billy Magnussen as Kato Kaelin, Bruce Greenwood recently joined the cast as Los Angeles County District Attorney Gil Garcetti, Kenneth Choi as Judge Lance Ito, Connie Britton as Faye Resnick, Selma Blair as Kris Jenner, Nathan Lane as F. Lee Bailey and Sterling K. Brown as Christopher Darden.
It isn't known when FX plans on debuting another trailer with the first footage, but the brief segments of dialogue in this teaser are already quite fascinating. We hear Johnnie Cochran call the case he famously helped win a "loser," while O.J. Simpson makes arrangements for his kids to be taken care of, presumably, in the event that he loses this case. Check out the first preview for American Crime Story, and stay tuned for more on this compelling anthology series, debuting this February on FX.