*John Travolta will gave a starring role on television for the first time since “Welcome Back, Kotter.”
The actor will play O.J. Simpson’s defense attorney Robert Shapiro in FX’s upcoming miniseries “American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson,” which will tell the story of the celebrated 1994-95 trial from the lawyers’ perspective.
“Welcome Back, Kotter,” in which Travolta played the cocky high school student Vinnie Barbarino, helped launch his film career with 1970s classics “Saturday Night Fever” and “Grease.”
Simpson’s televised trial and acquittal on charges of murdering his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman in Los Angeles gripped Americans with its mixture of celebrity and race relations.
Oscar-winner Cuba Gooding Jr. will play Simpson while David Schwimmer will portray his attorney and friend Robert Kardashian, the late father of the reality TV stars.
“American Horror Story” actress Sarah Paulson will play prosecutor Marcia Clark.
The 10-episode miniseries is based on Jeffrey Toobin’s book “The Run of His Life: The People v. O.J. Simpson.” It is the first series under FX’s “American Crime Story” banner that will anthologize true crime stories.