Courtney Vance To Play Johnnie Cochran In ‘American Crime Story: People Vs. O.J.’

Law & Order: Criminal Intent alum Courtney B. Vance is back on the legal beat with a starring role as defense attorney Johnnie Cochran in FX’s miniseries American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson, from Ryan Murphy.

The mini takes 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.

cochran_wideweb__430x253Vance will play one of the key players hat delivered that reasonable doubt for Simpson. Probably the most colorful and controversial personality on the “dream team”, he drew criticism for playing heavily the race card in his client’s defense and landed a place in pop culture with catch phrases like “if it doesn’t fit, you must acquit.”

On People v. O.J. Simpson, Vance joins John Travolta, who plays Simpson’s co-counsel Robert Shapiro; David Schwimmer, who plays another Simpson attorney, his confidant Robert Kardashian, Cuba Gooding Jr, who portrays Simpson; and Sarah Paulson, who plays prosecutor Marcia Clark.

American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson is written by Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski. Ryan is executive producing with fellow AHS co-creator Brad Falchuk, Nina Jacobson & Brad Simpson, Scott Alexander, Larry Karaszewski and Dante Di Loreto.

Vance, repped by Gersh, Lighthouse Entertainment and attorney Darrell Miller  currently co-stars on NBC drama State Of Affairs. He recently did an arc on Masters Of Sex, which earned him an NAACP Image Award nomination, and will next do a guest stint on Scandal and appear in Paramount Pictures’ Terminator Genisys. He won a Tony award in 2013 for his portrayal of Hap Hariston in Nora Ephron’s Lucky Guy opposite Tom Hanks.

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