FX’s ‘American Crime Story’ Casts Courtney B. Vance as Johnnie Cochran

Cast of miniseries also includes John Travolta, Sarah Paulson, David Schwimmer and Cuba Gooding Jr.

Last Updated: February 5, 2015 @ 4:22 PM

Courtney B. Vance has a date with the judge.

The “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” alum has been cast on Ryan Murphy‘s upcoming FX miniseries “Amerian Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson.”

Vance, who currently appears on NBC’s “State of Affairs,” will play Johnnie Cochran, a key component of Simpson’s “dream team” of defense attorneys who helped Simpson get an acquittal.

Based on the Jeffrey Toobin book “The Run of His Life: The People v. O.J. Simpson,”  the miniseries is a look at the O.J. Simpson 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 prosecution overconfidence, defense shrewdness, and the LAPD’s history with the city’s African-American community gave a jury what it needed: reasonable doubt.

Vance joins a cast that already includes John Travolta as Robert Shapiro, David Schwimmer as Robert Kardashian, Cuba Gooding Jr. as O.J. Simpson and Sarah Paulson (“American Horror Story”) as Marcia Clark.

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.

Gersh, Lighthouse Entertainment and attorney Darrell D. Miller represent Vance.