John Travolta Joins Cast of Ryan Murphy’s ‘American Crime Story’

Ryan Murphy is extending his dominance of FX, adding to the American Horror Story franchise with a pseudo-spinoff titled American Crime Story. The first season will focus on the infamous O.J. Simpson murder trial, with Oscar winner Cuba Gooding, Jr. in the lead role. However, he won’t be the lone Oscar nominee in the cast.

John Travolta is joining the cast of American Crime Story in the role of Robert Shapiro, the initial leader of O.J. Simpson’s defense team. In addition, Travolta is on-board as a producer on the series.

Travolta joins an ensemble that includes Gooding, David Schwimmer as defense attorney Robert Kardashian, and Ryan Murphy regular Sarah Paulson as lead prosecutor Marcia Clark. However, the jury is still out on just whom will play one of the entire saga’s most crucial roles, lead defense attorney Johnnie Cochran, who replaced Shapiro as Simpson’s defense counsel.

It’s a pretty interesting lineup, and the topic should make for a fairly involving series, even if it won’t have any of the trademark weirdness of American Horror Story. I do wonder how Travolta will come across in a more serialized TV format, since this is his first regular TV role since Welcome Back Kotter in the 70s. But he’s far more talented than many give him credit for being, so I think this ought to be a good fit for him.

No premiere date has been announced just yet for American Crime Story, but this show sounds like it’d be a perfect fit for the summer doldrums, just before a new season of American Horror Story premieres.

John Travolta Joins Cast of Ryan Murphy's 'American Crime Story'

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