Evan Handler, Cheryl Ladd Join American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson—Find Out Who They're Playing!

Ryan Murphy's new drama just added two more faces to the cast in major roles

By Sydney Bucksbaum May 18, 2015 10:30 PMTags
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American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson just added two more faces to its already star-studded cast!

E! News has learned that Cheryl Ladd and Evan Handler have joined the cast of Ryan Murphy's new FX miniseries taking a look at the now-infamous O.J. Simpson trial told from the perspective of the lawyers. But who are they playing?

Ladd, one of the original Charlie's Angels, will play Linell Shapiro, the wife of O.J. Simpson defense attorney Robert Shapiro, while Handler, best known for his role on Sex and the City and who can next be seen in ABC's new 10-episode limited series Astronaut Wives Club, is playing attorney Alan Dershowitz, another member of O.J.'s "Dream Team."

Ladd and Handler are the most recent additions to the FX true crime miniseries. Selma Blair (Legally Blonde) will play Kris Jenner, who was married to Simpson's attorney Robert Kardashian, who will be played by David Schwimmer in his first real return to TV post-Friends. The cast also includes John Travolta (Robert Shapiro), Cuba Gooding Jr. (O.J. Simpson), Sarah Paulson (Marcia Clark), Courtney B. Vance (Johnnie Cochran), Connie Britton (Faye Resnick) and Jordana Brewster (Denise Brown). 

American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson is based on the book The Run of His Life: The People v. O.J. Simpson by Jeffrey Toobin. It will explore the "chaotic behind-the-scenes dealings and maneuvering on both sides of the court, and how a combination of prosecution overconfidence, defense shrewdness, and the LAPD's history with the city's African-American community gave a jury what it needed: reasonable doubt."

The series has begun shooting in LA. Check out the first pics of the cast in costume here!