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Mark Fuhrman Role Cast in FX's 'People v. O.J. Simpson'
FX has cast its Mark Fuhrman in American Crime Story.
The Good Wife and Bloodline actor Steven Pasquale is set to portray the former LAPD detective in the 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 Los Angeles police's history with the city's African-American community gave a jury what it needed: reasonable doubt.
Fuhrman was the detective investigating the slayings of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman who subsequently pleaded no contest to perjury charges and accepted a plea deal following his testimony in the Simpson murder trial. He is the only person to have been convicted of criminal charges stemming from the Simpson case.
Pasquale joins a cast that also includes Malcolm-Jamal Warner, Selma Blair, John Travolta, David Schwimmer, Sarah Paulson, Connie Britton, Courtney B. Vance, Jordana Brewster and Cuba Gooding Jr. as O.J.
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.
Pasquale is repped by ICM Partners and Brookside Artist Management.