'American Crime Story' Photos Show Sarah Paulson, David Schimmer & Co. Transformed

The advent of the internet becoming a household commodity, political scandal, and bubblegum pop hits reigning supreme were just a few things that shaped the iconic decade known as the '90s. The upcoming series American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson — based on the real-life murder trial that took place — is set to premier on FX in 2016, and anticipation over the series has already begun reaching a fervor. In 1994, NFL legend, O.J. Simpson, was charged with the murders of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and Ronald Lyle Goldmen. There was nary a television set in sight that wouldn't be capturing play-by-plays of the lengthy trial, along with various outcries which were galvanized by Simpson's infamous "Not Guilty" verdict. 

As a decade has passed since the pivotal beginnings of the O.J. Simpson trial, it seems fitting that a network would create a series surrounding a story that some would describe as having more shocks and plot twists than the many works of fiction. Part of the excitement surrounding American Crime Story is the star-studded cast that has been assembled to make up the fabric of the trial's most iconic key players. Cuba Gooding Jr. will take on the role of O.J. Simpson, while David Schwimmer is making a definitive departure from Friends' Ross Gellar as Simpson's attorney, the late Robert Kardashian. FX recently released stills of select cast members from American Crime Story in character, and from the looks of things, the series is poised for some major breakout performances.

Sarah Paulson as Marcia Clark

John Travolta as Robert Shapiro

Cuba Gooding Jr. as O.J. Simpson

Billy Magnussen as Kato Kaelin

David Schwimmer as Robert Kardashian

Courtney Vance as Johnnie Cochran

Clearly, deft attention was paid to ensuring the actors were as identical to the people they will representing as possible. This only furthers expectations that the series will be a realistic, accurate, and potentially gut-wrenching take on an event that so greatly impacted american audiences in the 1990s. 

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