In 1995 the world was gripped by what was dubbed 'the trial of the century' when American football star O.J. Simpson stood accused of the murder of his ex-wife and her friend. New drama, The People v O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, relives the sensational twists and turns, with some clever casting. Check out how these top actors compare to the main players in the real life courtroom drama...

Cuba Gooding Jr. as O.J. Simpson

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Cuba Gooding Jr. plays. O.J. Simpson, a highly successful American football player, turned actor. He stood trial for the murder of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Robert Goldman in 1995.

 

John Travolta as Robert Shapiro

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John Travolta plays Robert Shapiro, a key player in Simpson’s defence, known as ‘the dream team’.

 

David Schwimmer as Robert Kardashian

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David Schwimmer plays Robert Kardashian, O.J’s close friend who reactivated his law licence in order to form part of his defence team. He was also the first husband of Kris Jenner, and father to Kim, Khloe, Kourtney and Rob Kardashian.

 

Sarah Poulson as Marcia Clark

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Marcia Clark was the determined head prosecutor in the O.J. Simpson murder trial, who made the case that he was the killer. In The People vs O.J. Simpson, she’s played by Sarah Poulson.

 

Selma Blair as Kris Jenner

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Selma Blair plays Kris Jenner in The People vs O.J. Simpson. Now the matriarch of Keeping Up with the Kardashians, in 1994,  Kris was a close friend of victim Nicole. Deeply upset by her friend’s brutal murder, Kris did not share her ex-husband’s confidence in Simpson’s innocence.

 

Courtney B. Vance as Johnnie Cochran

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Courtney B. Vance plays another of Simpson’s ‘dream team’ Johnnie Cochran, the charasmatic leader of the defence.

 

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