The Friends alum has been tapped to join FX’s anthology American Crime: The People v. O.J. Simpson, The Hollywood Reporter informs.
American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson — the first season of the anthology from Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk — is based onJeffrey Toobin‘s best-selling book The Run of His Life: The People v. O.J. Simpson.
The 10-episode first season examines the O.J. Simpson trial as told from the perspective of the lawyers and is poised to explore the chaotic behind-the-scenes dealings and maneuvering on both sides of the court. More significantly, it will display how a combination of prosecution confidence, defense wiliness and the LAPD’s history with the city’s African-American community gave a jury what it needed: reasonable doubt.
Schwimmer will co-star as Simpson’s friend and attorney Robert Kardashian.
He joins a cast that includes Cuba Gooding Jr. as Simpson and American Horror Storyfavorite Sarah Paulson as prosecutor Marcia Clark.
In addition to Friends, Schwimmer has starred in numerous stage productions as well as features and TV series, including The Iceman, Nothing But the Truth, the Madagascar franchise and HBO’s Little Britain USA. Last pilot season, he was attached to star in ABC comedy Irreversible.
Written by Golden Globe winners Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski (The People vs. Larry Flint), the duo, along with original producers Brad Simpson (World War Z) and Nina Jacobson (Hunger Games), moved with the former Fox project to FX, where they will pen the first two episodes, among others. They will be joined by Murphy and his AHS co-creator Falchuk as well as Ryan Murphy Productions’ Dante Di Loreto as EPs, with Murphy also set to direct. Production is expected to begin early next year in Los Angeles.