Cuba Gooding Jr., Sarah Paulson Cuba Gooding Jr., Sarah Paulson

Ryan Murphy's upcoming anthology series American Crime Story: The People V. O.J. Simpson is attracting some Oscar-caliber talent. Academy Award winner Cuba Gooding Jr. has joined the first season, FX announced Tuesday.

Gooding, who won for his role in Jerry Maguire, will play accused murderer and former pro football player O.J. Simpson, in an adaptation of what many have dubbed "The Trial of the Century."

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Also cast in the first season was Murphy's frequent collaborator Sarah Paulson. Paulson, who has starred on every season of Murphy's other anthology series, American Horror Story, will play prosecuting attorney Marcia Clark.

This isn't either actor's first time portraying a real-life figure. Gooding can currently be seen in the acclaimed filmSelma playing famed civil rights attorney and activist Fred Gray. Paulson earned an Emmy nomination in 2012 for her performance as Nicolle Wallace, a senior advisor on the John McCain-Sarah Palin campaign, in the HBO film Game Change.

American Crime Story will tackle a different real-life crime story each season. Season 1 is based on the Jeffrey Toobin book The Run of His Life: The People v. O.J. Simpson.

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