Evan Handler, Cheryl Ladd Join 'People v. O.J. Simpson'

Playing Alan Dershowitz and Linell Shapiro in the anthology from 'American Horror Story's' Ryan Murphy.
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Evan Handler and Cheryl Ladd

FX's American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson is rounding out its cast.

Californication's Evan Handler and Ray Donovan's Cheryl Ladd have joined the cast of the FX anthology, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

FX's American Crime Story: The People V. O.J. Simpson is rounding out its cast.

Californication's Evan Handler and Ray Donovan's Cheryl Ladd have joined the cast of the FX anthology, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

American Crime Story: The People V. O.J. Simpson — the first season of the upcoming anthology from American Horror Story's Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk — is based on Jeffrey 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 maneuverings 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.

Handler will play attorney Alan Dershowitz, another member of Simpson's "Dream Team" legal defense. Ladd, meanwhile, will portray Linell Shapiro, the wife of Simpson's defense attorney Robert Shapiro (played by John Travolta).

Handler, repped by APA, next appears in ABC's summer soap Astronaut Wives Club.

Ladd, repped by Greater Vision Artists, most recently played Martin Sheen's love interest in FXX's Anger Management and will guest star on the next season of Showtime's Ray Donovan.

They join a cast that also includes Malcolm-Jamal WarnerSelma Blair,  David SchwimmerSarah PaulsonConnie BrittonCourtney B. VanceJordana Brewster and Cuba Gooding J.r. as O.J. Simpson.

Golden Globe winners Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski (The People vs. Larry Flynt) — along with original producers Bradford Simpson (World War Z) and Nina Jacobson (The 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 executive producers, with Murphy also set to direct. Production is expected to begin soon in Los Angeles.

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