It’s still unclear which direction American Crime Story—an upcoming anthology series from Ryan Murphy that’ll begin by focusing on the O.J. Simpson trial—will take. The subject matter (and Murphy’s love of camp) could easily spark a wig-stravanga in the vein of a Lifetime made-for-TV movie. Then again, this project will be based on Jeffrey Toobin’s The Run of His Life: The People v. O.J. Simpson—and Murphy’s adapted works (think Eat Pray Love) tend to be a little more subtle than his original work. Maybe, then, this project will find Murphy privileging his serious Normal Heart side over his more in-jokey American Horror Story side.
Despite the tabloid sensationalism it inspired, Simpson’s trial told a story about society, race, and the justice system. With the right cast, this series could tackle those issues with gravitas—and go beyond the easy O.J. Simpson jokes. Here’s our dream cast for the project, including both some of Murphy’s frequent collaborators and a few pie-in-the-sky A-list names—glove size notwithstanding. READ FULL STORY