O.J. Simpson is going back to trial in FX’s new show, “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story.” The anticipated true crime series, which focuses on the murder trial of the former football star, will premiere on Tuesday.
But before you tune into the chilling series on Feb. 2, here’s everything you should know about executive producers Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk’s latest project:
1. Series Premiere Synopsis
In the pilot, titled “From the Ashes of Tragedy,” audiences can expect the LAPD to make their way to the Simpson residence following the death of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman.
2. A Different Perspective
“The People v. O.J. Simpson” will focus on the highly publicized case involving the death of Simpson’s estranged wife — but from the perspective of Simpson’s lawyers.
Simpson’s (Cuba Gooding, Jr.) high-profile defense team was made up of several attorneys including Robert Shapiro (John Travolta), Johnnie Cochran (Courtney B. Vance), F. Lee Bailey (Nathan Lane), Alan Dershowitz (Evan Handler), Shawn Chapman (Angel Parker) and Robert Kardashian (David Schwimmer).
3. Humanization Of Lawyers
During an interview with International Business Times, Parker revealed that "The People v. O.J. Simpson" will allow audiences to see a different side of the attorneys who helped Simpson allegedly get away with murder. Simpson was acquitted eight months after the trial began.
4. Made-For-TV Drama
During the 2016 Television Critcs Association panel, Jeffrey Toobin, author of “The Run of His Life: The People v. O.J. Simpson,” explained to reporters that he always knew his book would be perfect for the small screen.
“This is about everything that obsesses the American people — race, sex, violence, sports…” the author said. “And the only eyewitness is a dog. This was the most famous event in American history that had never been dramatized.”
5. Drenched In Authenticity
Schwimmer revealed that the former home of the Kardashian family was used during one particular scene in the series where Simpson attempts to take his life in Kim Kardashian’s bedroom.
“That [scene] was really — it was very emotional,” Schwimmer told “Nightline.” “One of your closest friends has a gun to his head and is about to kill himself. What do you do? You do everything to stop it.”
6. Eye-widening Moments
Travolta teased during an interview with Parade magazine that the episode he’s most excited for fans to see is episode 7.
“I actually blackmail Robert Kardashian [in episode 7], which was the most despicable moment I’ve ever had in my acting career,” the actor unveiled. “I can’t believe that the character actually leverages him to try to settle, to convince the team to settle. It was such a strange day to play that and I want to see how that came out.”
"The People vs. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story" premieres Feb. 2 at 10 p.m. EST on FX. Watch the trailer below: