The gloves have been tried on. The Mark Fuhrman tapes have been unearthed. Now, all that's left for The People v. O.J. Simpson to do is read that shocking verdict and that's a wrap on the first installment of FX's American Crime Story series.
Once the final episode of the smash hit airs on April 5, all we'll be able to talk about is the impending second installment and who from the first's insanely talented cast will be returning for a second tour of duty. (Well, that and which will be taking home Emmy gold this fall. If only they all could!) We already know that Ryan Murphy and his team plan to turn their gaze to Hurricane Katrina and the storm's tragic aftermath for their next crime, meaning that, while it's a less concentrated case than this year's murder trial, there will be no shortage of meaty meditations on race and class in America for Sarah Paulson and her esteemed co-stars to sink their teeth into.
So, the question stands: Who's already on board and who do we still have to beg to come to their senses?
We spoke to the cast on the red carpet at a screening of the People v. O.J. Simpson finale in NYC on Wednesday night, where we grilled Paulson along with Courtney B. Vance, Cuba Gooding Jr., John Travolta and Sterling K. Brown about whether or not they returning—and one of the quintet surprised us with an assurance that we'd definitely be seeing them next year.
"I'm gonna be a part of it, yeah," Vance, who's stunned as the late Johnnie Cochran all season long, revealed to E! News. "I don't know in what capacity. I don't think any of us know yet. We're just waiting for Ryan to tell us what we're doing."
While the rest of his co-stars weren't willing to speak with such certainty, they all admitted that they'd pretty much read the phone book on a street corner if Murphy asked them to. "He has this thing where he allows you to be the artist you are. He gives you freedom," Travolta gushed. "And then he makes a big go of it, like he did with this and with American Horror [Story,] and then you feel like, 'I'll do anything you say.'"
To see what the rest have to say about their involvement in the second installment of American Crime Story, be sure to press play on the video above.
The The People v. O.J. Simpson finale airs Tuesday, April 5 at 10 p.m. on FX.
—reporting by James Chairman