David Schwimmer is making his return to TV, this time as a Kardashian… No, seriously. The former “Friends” star will play the late Robert Kardashian, an attorney known for defending O.J. Simpson during his infamous murder trial that saw the former NFL player acquitted of the murder of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman.
The story will be retold on FX by “American Horror Story” creator Ryan Murphy in a new miniseries “American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson,” based on Jeffrey Toobin’s book “The Run of His Life: The People V. O.J. Simpson.” According to The Hollywood Reporter, the show was picked up by FX for ten episodes that will dive deep into the true-crime story that captivated the nation from 1994-1995.
“This is an exciting project for me, as I’ve been looking for the right property which could serve as an extension of the ‘American Horror Story’ brand I love so much. The O.J. case was as tragic as it was fascinating -- it seemed like everyone had a stake in the outcome. It was really the beginning of the modern tabloid age,” Murphy told THR before the Season 4 premiere of his hit show on FX.
The miniseries will focus mostly on the lawyers involved in the case and the bevy of behind-the-scenes dealing, maneuvering and drama that ensued. Schwimmer agreed to take on the role of Simpson’s friend and defense attorney. Kardashian’s name is well known as he was once married to Kris Jenner and is the father of Kourtney, Kim and Khloé, all stars of the popular reality show “Keeping Up With The Kardashians.”
Schwimmer is joining an already star-studded cast that includes Academy Award winner Cuba Gooding Jr., who will play Simpson, and Sarah Paulson from “American Horror Story,” who will play prosecutor Marcia Clark. Writing partners Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski (“The People vs. Larry Flynt”) will pen the script and act as showrunners. The series is scheduled to begin filming in early 2015, according to TV Line.