FX has set Cuba Gooding Jr. and Sarah Paulson for lead roles in American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson, the first installment of Ryan Murphy’s new anthology miniseries, an offshoot of his hit American Horror Story FX franchise.

sarahpaulsonmarciaclarkBased on the book The Run of His Life: The People v. O.J. Simpson, ACS: The People v. O.J. Simpson is a look at the O.J. Simpson trial told from the perspective of the lawyers that explores 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 African-American community gave a jury what it needed: reasonable doubt.

Oscar winner Gooding Jr. will play football star-turned-murder defendant Simpson and Paulson will portray the case’s prosecutor Marcia Clark. The first two hours will be written by Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski (The People vs. Larry Flynt), with Murphy set to direct. FXP and Fox 21 Television Studios produce.

Paulson, repped by UTA, is segueing to American Crime Story from flagship American Horror Story where she co-stars in the current installment Freak Show. She earned Emmy nominations for her roles in AHS: Asylum and AHS: Coven.

Gooding Jr., repped by ICM Partners, co-starred in Lee Daniels’ The Butler. He is currently seen in Selma, and co-stars in the upcoming BET miniseries The Book Of Negroes and Comedy Central series Big Time In Hollywood, FL. 

Each season of American Crime Story will focus on a different famous true crime. Ryan is executive producing with fellow AHS co-creator Brad Falchuk, Nina Jacobson & Brad Simpson, Alexander, Karaszewski and Dante Di Loreto. Production begins early next year in Los Angeles.