John Travolta to Star as Robert Shapiro on FX’s ‘American Crime Story’

The miniseries about the O.J. Simpson trial also stars Cuba Gooding Jr., David Schwimmer and Sarah Paulson

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John Travolta has a date with the judge.

Travolta has been tapped to star in FX’s upcoming miniseries “American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson,” the network said Wednesday.

The “Grease” actor will play Robert Shapiro, a key member of the legal “dream team” that represented Simpson during his murder trial.

This will mark Travolta’s first starring television role since his portrayal of Vinnie Barbarino on the sitcom “Welcome Back, Kotter.”

The cast of the 10-part miniseries, which comes from executive producers Ryan Murphy, Nina Jacobson, Brad Simpson, Scott Alexander, Larry Karaszewski, Brad Falchuk, and Dante Di Loreto.

It also stars Cuba Gooding Jr. as Simpson, “Friends” alum David Schwimmer as attorney Robert Kardashian, and Sarah Paulson — who currently stars on FX’s “American Horror Story: Freak Show” — as prosecutor Marcia Clark.

The series, bases on Jeffrey Toovin’s book “The Run of His Life: The People v. O.J. Simpson,” is written by Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski (“Big Eyes,” “The People v. Larry Flynt”). Murphy will direct the first episode.

Production on the series, which is being produced by Fox 21 Television Studios and FX Productions, will begin in Los Angeles this spring.

Randi Michel at Principato-Young Entertainment and WME represent Travolta, who will also serve as producer on the series.