The veteran character actor will play Gil Garcetti, the Los Angeles district attorney who prosecuted the former football star for murder.
He joins an all-star cast that includes Cuba Gooding Jr. as Simpson, John Travolta as defense attorney Robert Shapiro, David Schwimmer as defense attorney Robert Kardashian, and Sarah Paulson as prosecutor Marcia Clark.
In 1995, Simpson was found not guilty in the double-murder case that put the running back-turned-actor on trial for killing his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, along with waiter Ron Goldman.
Based on the Jeffrey Toobin book “The Run of His Life: The People v. O.J. Simpson,” the miniseries looks at the trial told from the perspective of the lawyers. It explores the chaotic behind-the-scenes dealings and maneuvering on both sides of the court, and how a combination of prosecutors’ overconfidence, defense shrewdness, and the LAPD’s history with the city’s African-American community gave a jury what it needed to acquit Simpson: reasonable doubt.
Ryan Murphy, Nina Jacobson, Brad Simpson, Scott Alexander, Larry Karaszewski, Brad Falchuk, and Dante Di Loreto are executive producing the series, with Alexander and Karaszewski writing and Murphy directing the first episode.