John Travolta Joins the Cast of Ryan Murphy’s ‘American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson’

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Well, it looks like television mastermind Ryan Murphy has quite a wealth of tricks up his sleeve as he continues to cast his next series: American Crime Story, his own retelling of the O.J. Simpson trial. After casting Cuba Gooding, Jr. as O.J. himself, Sarah Paulson as Marcia Clark, and David Schwimmer as Robert Kardashian, Variety now reports that John Travolta has signed on to play the leading role of lawyer Robert Shapiro in the series based on Jeffrey Toobin’s book The Run of His Life: The People v. O.J. Simpson.”

The 10-episode miniseries will mark Travolta’s first starring role on television since Welcome Back, Kotter in the 1970s. The actor will also join the show’s team of producers. We’ll be keeping a close eye on who gets cast next, but in the meantime, let’s kick back with some Court TV footage from the trial itself.

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