The first full-length trailer for American Crime Story, producer Ryan Murphy's true crime series based on the O.J. Simpson trial, was released on Wednesday, and reveals the first look at the famous faces portraying key players in The People vs. O.J. Simpson.
Cuba Gooding Jr. plays the football star-turned-accused murderer in the series, which premieres on FX in February. Scenes from Simpson's televised freeway chase through Los Angeles play out in startling intensity in the trailer, as Gooding cowers in the back seat of the infamous white Bronco with a gun, whimpering, "I deserve to get hurt."
Friends star David Schwimmer plays Robert Kardashian, Simpson's friend and defense lawyer, who is shown arguing with then-wife Kris, played by Selma Blair. The couple were friends with both O.J. and his slain wife Nicole Brown Simpson.
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The first full-length 'American Crime Story' trailer is here and it's totally intense
FILE - In this Oct. 3, 1995 file photo, O.J. Simpson, center, reacts as he is found not guilty of murdering his ex-wife Nicole Brown and her friend Ron Goldman, as members of his defense team, F. Lee Bailey, left, and Johnnie Cochran Jr., right, look on, in court in Los Angeles. The return of O.J. Simpson to a Las Vegas courtroom next Monday, May, 13, will remind Americans of a tragedy that became a national obsession and in the process changed the country's attitude toward the justice system, the media and celebrity. The return of O.J. Simpson to a Las Vegas courtroom next Monday, May, 13, will remind Americans of a tragedy that became a national obsession and in the process changed the country's attitude toward the justice system, the media and celebrity.(AP Photo/Pool, Myung J. Chun, file)
LOS ANGELES, UNITED STATES: O.J. Simpson (L) talks with attorney Robert Shapiro during an 18 January court hearing in Simpson's double-murder case in Los Angeles, California. Judge Lance Ito ruled that jurors may hear some domestic violence allegations against Simpson. Opening statements in the trial were moved to 23 January. (COLOR KEY: Brown wall) AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read Vince Bucci/AFP/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 23: O.J. Simpson's children from his first marriage, Jason (L), Arnelle (R) and cousin Terri Baker (C) appear in court 23 January in Los Angeles as the former football great and television celebrity's double-murder trial is expected to begin with opening statements. O.J. Simpson is accused of murdering his ex-wife Nicole Brown-Simpson and Ronald Lyle Goldman on 12 June 1994. (COLOR KEY: Collar (L) is red) AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read RICK MEYER/AFP/Getty Images)
Fred Goldman and Patti Glass Goldman, the father and stepmother of murder victim Ronald Goldman, listen to prosecutor Christopher Darden as he delivers opening statements during the O.J. Simpson murder trial, January 24, Los Angeles, California. (Photo by AFP/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 23: O.J. Simpson (R) looks up during a 23 January court hearing in Los Angeles, Ca, as attorney Johnnie Cochran Jr. reviews doucuments in what should be opening day in Simpson's double-murder trial begins. Several evidenciary issues remain before the trial will be heard in front of the jury. (COLOR KEY: Brown wall.) AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read POO/AFP/Getty Images)
Deputy district attorney Marcia Clark gestures as she addresses the jury for the prosecution's opening statements in the murder trial of O.J. Simpson, Los Angeles, California, January 24, 1995. Simpson was accused of the 12 June 1994 murders of his ex-wife Nicole Brown and Ronald Goldman. (Photo by Myung J. Chun/AFP/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 24: Judge Lance Ito looks at prosecutor Marcia Clark as he admonishes her for argumentative behavior during her opening statements to the jury in the O.J. Simpson murder trial 24 January in Los Angeles, CA. Ito ended the hearing later, after learning that the court video camera viewed live images of two jurors. Ito may remove cameras from the courtroom because of the incident. (COLOR KEY: Brown wall) AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read POO/AFP/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 26: Lead prosecutor Marcia Clark (L) talks with fellow prosecutor Christopher Darden during court proceedings 26 January 1995 in Los Angeles. The OJ Simpson trial was delayed by the hospitalization of prosecutor William Hodgman and continuing fray over the defense's failure to turn over the names of its anticipated witnesses. (COLOR KEY: Wall is brown.) AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read POO/AFP/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 31: A picture taken by the Los Angeles Police Department on 01 January 1989 and projected on a screen in the courtroom 31 January 1995 shows Nicole Brown Simpson after her 911 call reporting a spousal abuse episode that defendant O.J. Simpson eventually pleaded no contest to. The picture was displayed by the prosecution during questioning of LAPD Detective John Edwards at the double murder trial of Simpson. AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read POO/AFP/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 9: Prosecutors in the O.J. Simpson murder trial Marcia Clark(L) and Christopher Darden(2nd L) show a display of a blood trail 09 February at Nicole Simpson's condominium to the jury and Los Angeles Police Department(LAPD) officer Robert Riske(R) during testimony in Superior Court in Los Angeles. Riske was the first police officer to arrive at the scene where Nicole Simpson and Ron Goldman were murdered. (COLOR KEY:Blue chart.) AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read POO/AFP/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 15: Defense attorneys Johnnie Cochran Jr. (R) and Robert Shapiro talk about the prosecution's announcement in court 15 February that the blood found on Nicole Brown Simpon's Bundy residence gate genetically matches that of murder defendant O.J. Simpson. (COLOR KEY: Red in Cochran's tie). AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read POO/AFP/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 15: Double murder defendant O.J. Simpson puts on one of the bloody gloves as a Los Angeles Sheriff's Deputy looks on during the O.J. Simpson murder trial 15 June. One of the gloves was found at the murder scene, while the other was found at Simpson's state. AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read SAM MIRCOVICH/AFP/Getty Images)
This 21 June 1995 file photo shows former US football player and actor O.J. Simpson looking at a new pair of Aris extra-large gloves that prosecutors had him put on during his double-murder trial in Los Angeles. Media tycoon Rupert Murdoch announced 20 November 2006 the cancellation of a controversial book and television interview involving O.J. Simpson being planned by his News Corp company. AFP PHOTO/Vince BUCCI/FILES (Photo credit should read VINCE BUCCI/AFP/Getty Images)
Defense attorney for O.J. Simpson, Robert Kardashian sits in a court in Los Angeles Friday, June 9, 1995. Kardashian was let off the hook by Superior Court Judge Stephen Czuleger as a possible prosecution witness in the O.J. Simpson double-murder trial. Kardashian called Czuleger's ruling a "victory." (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian, Pool)
FILE - This file photo combo shows O.J. Simpson's ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson, left, and her friend Ron Goldman, both of whom were murdered and found dead in Los Angeles on June 12, 1994. O.J. Simpson was arrested in connection to the murder and acquitted of the crime. Simpson is now serving nine to 33 years in a Nevada prison after a jury found him guilty in 2008 of leading the gunpoint robbery of two sports memorabilia dealers in Las Vegas, and he's seeking a new trial because he says his longtime lawyer failed to disclose that he knew about the plan in advance and told Simpson it was legal and provided bad advice at trial. (AP Photo/File)
O.J. Simpson, left, sits with his attorney Johnnie L. Cochran Jr., just after the prosecution rested its case in Simpson's double-murder trial Thursday, July 6, 1995, in a Los Angeles courtroom. (AP Photo/Sam Mircovich, Pool)
Pablo Fenjves (cq) provides testimony Friday, July 1, 1994, during the preliminary hearing for O. J. Simpson, accused of murder in connection with the deaths of Nicole Simpson Brown and Ron Goldman. Fenjves, Ms. Simpson's neighbor, discounted a police report stating he had seen a jeep in her in her driveway the night of the murders. (AP Photo/Douglas C. Pizac)
O.J. Simpson defense attorney Barry Scheck walks into the Los Angeles County Criminal Courts Building Tuesday, April 11, 1995 during the O.J. Simpson double-murder trial. Scheck, the defense's DNA expert, continues to cross-examine prosecution witness Dennis Fung, a Los Angeles Police Department criminalist, who collected blood evidence at the murder scene of Simpson's ex-wife and her friend. (AP Photo/Rene Macura)
O.J. Simpson, along with defense co-counsel Carl Douglas, left, and Robert Shapiro, right, smiles during a moment of levity Friday, Feb. 24, 1995, at the end of a trying week in the Simpson double-murder trial in Los Angeles. Following an extremely long hearing Friday, Judge Lance Ito ruled that defense witness Rosa Lopez, who wanted to leave for El Salvador Saturday, is to testify before the jury Monday. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon, Pool)
O.J. Simpson smiles as Judge Lance Ito talks to the jury during a brief court session in Los Angeles Wednesday morning, March 1, 1995. Ito brought the jury into the courtroom to inform them that one of the jurors, a 46-year-old black man, had been dismissed. Foreground is Johnnie Cochran Jr. and background is Robert Shapiro. (AP Photo/Pool, Hal Garb)
Prosecutors in the O.J. Simpson double-murder trial, from left, Hank Goldberg, Marcia Clark and Chris Darden react to a ruling Friday, April 14, 1995, by Judge Lance Ito at the Los Angeles Criminal Courts Building. The judge ruled that the prosecution violated a court order in producing a late-discovered document in front of the jury without first telling the defense and the court. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon, Pool)
O.J. Simpson tries on a leather glove allegedly used in the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman during testimony in Simpson's murder trial on June 15, 1995 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Lee Celano/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 21: O.J. Simpson shows the jury a new pair of Aris extra-large gloves, similar to the gloves found at the Bundy and Rockingham crime scene 21 June 1995, during his double murder trial in Los Angeles,CA. Deputy Sheriff Roland Jex(L) and Prosecutor Christopher Darden (R) look on. (Photo credit should read VINCE BUCCI/AFP/Getty Images)
O.J. Simpson holds up his hands before the jury after putting on a new pair of gloves similar to the infamous bloody gloves during his double-murder trial in Los Angeles in this June 21, 1995 photo. (AP Photo/Vince Bucci, Pool)
Prosecutor Chris Darden, left, defense attorney Barry Scheck, second left, and prosecutors Marcia Clark and Rockne Harmon stand in line as they listen to scientist Gary Sims testify Wednesday, May 17, 1995, in Los Angeles during the O.J. Simpson double-murder trial. Sims' testimony marked the first time anyone suggested the blood of Ronald Goldman was in Simpson's Ford Bronco. (AP Photo/Vince Bucci)
O.J. Simpson reacts to testimony during the morning session Friday July 8, 1994, in his preliminary hearing at the Criminal Courts building in Los Angeles. Simpson was charged with the murders of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Lyle Goldman on June 12, 1994. (AP Photo/Eric Draper, pool)
California Department of Justice criminalist Gary Sims shows the jury in the O.J. Simpson double-murder trial one of Simpson's blood-stained socks Wednesday, May 31, 1995, in Los Angeles. Sims returned to the stand after his testimony was cut short when he had to attend a funeral. (AP Photo/Vince Bucci)
FILE -- This Polaroid photograph of Nicole Brown Simpson, taken from pool video courtesy CNN, became the subject of controversy as the prosecution attempted to enter it in evidence in the O.J. Simpson murder trial in Los Angeles Monday Feb. 6 1995. Judge Lance Ito disallowed submission of the 1989 photograph showing Simpson with a swollen eye. The ruling came after the defense demanded sanctions against the prosecution for introducing it without foundation. (AP Photo/FILE, Cable News Network)
Prosecuting attorney Brian Kelberg points to his throat Tuesday, June 13, 1995, as he questions Los Angeles County Coroner Dr. Lakshmanan Sathyavagiswaran about knife wounds to Ron Goldman during a morning session of the O.J. Simpson double-murder trial.(AP Photo/Myung J. Chun, Pool)
Defense attorney Robert Shapiro wields a knife during the morning session Thursday, June 15, 1995, of the O.J. Simpson double-murder trial in Los Angeles. During cross-examination of Los Angeles County Coroner Dr. Lakshmanan Sathyavagiswaran, Shapiro was demonstrating the many ways a knife could be handled. Prosecuting attorney Brian Kelberg is in background.(AP Photo/Sam Mircovich,Pool)
O.J. Simpson, left, is consolated by defense attorney Carl Douglas as Simpson breaks down while evidence from the Bundy murder site is shown in court during the Simpson double-murder trial in Los Angeles Monday, June 19, 1995. (AP Photo/Rick Meyer)
Denise Brown, sister of murder victim Nicole Brown Simpson, wipes her eye while testifying under direct examination by the prosecution in the O.J. Simpson double-murder trial in Los Angeles, in this Feb. 3, 1995 photo. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, Pool)
Superior Court Judge Lance Ito addresses the court Friday, Sept. 1, 1995, during the O.J. Simpson double-murder trial in Los Angeles. One day after Ito's ruling barring most of the Mark Fuhrman interview tapes, defense attorneys F. Lee Bailey and Johnnie Cochran Jr. turned to accounts of new witnesses concerning Fuhrman's use of racial epithets and possible involvement with Nazi symbols. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, Pool)
Dismissed O.J. Simpson trial juror Francine Florio-Bunten brings a hand to her face Friday, June 23, 1995, in Los Angeles, during a hearing in which Superior Court Judge Lance Ito decided to open sealed transcripts of jury dismissal hearings. Florio-Bunten's lawyer said that her client believed "she was sabotaged in an effort to get her off the jury by unknown persons." (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian, Pool)
Superior Court Judge Lance Ito holds up a sample of an autoradiology picture of DNA sequences Tueday afternoon, May 9, 1995, at the Los Angeles Criminal Courts Building, used to demonstrate what defendant O.J. Simpson's autorad would look like. Autorad is the shorthand name for the film depicting small bars that form the genetic patterns of a person's blood. (AP Photo/John McCoy)
Defendant O.J. Simpson stretches as the jury is brought into the courtroom in Los Angeles Thursday, May 11, 1995. Five blood drops at the murder scene outside Nicole Brown Simpson's home did not come from either victim and possibly came from Simpson, a scientist testified Thursday during the Simpson double-murder trial. (AP Photo/Pool, Sam Mircovich)
Witness Brian "Kato" Kaelin testifies under direct examination during the O.J. Simpson double-murder trial at the Los Angeles Criminal Courts Building in this Tuesday, March 21, 1995 photo. (AP Photo/John McCoy, Pool)
O.J. Simpson defense attorney Barry Scheck, left, reviews transcripts of the Simpson trial as Prosecutor Marcia Clark, right, looks on Monday, Sept. 18, 1995 during the Simpson double-murder trial in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon, pool)
Prosecutor Christopher Darden, center, holds a pair of gloves for glove expert Richard Rubin, left, and defense attorney Robert Blasier, during testimony in the O.J. Simpson double-murder trial, Tuesday, Sept. 12, 1995 in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/David Sprague, Pool)
O.J. Simpson's mother, Eunice Simpson, watches the proceedings in the double-murder trial of her son in Los Angeles on Thursday, July 6, 1995. Eunice Simpson is slated to be a defense witness. (AP Photo/Fred Prouser, Pool)
Screenwriter Laura Hart McKinny testifies in regards to transcripts of her taped interviews with retired Los Angeles police detective Mark Fuhrman, Tuesday, Aug. 29, 1995, during the O.J. Simpson double-murder trial in Los Angeles. The tapes were played in court Tuesday, without the jury present, to help Judge Lance Ito determine if they are relevant to Simpson's murder trial. (AP Photo/David Sprague, Pool) <%% 0 PICTURE_OK HEADER_OK 5 4 %%>
Prosecutor Marcia Clark demonstrates to the jury how the murders were committed Tuesday, Sept. 26, 1995, during her closing arguements in the O.J. Simpson double-murder trial in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Myung J. Chun, Pool)
Arnelle Simpson, center, holds her head while her grandmother Eunice Simpson, left, and her aunt Shirley Baker sit in court during closing arguments of the O.J. Simpson double-murder trial in Los Angeles Friday, Sept.29, 1995. Arnelle is O.J. Simpson's daughter from his first marriage. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon, Pool)
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Lance Ito yells in court during the O.J. Simpson double-murder trial in Los Angeles Friday, Sept. 29, 1995. (AP Photo/Eric Draper, Pool)
Prosecutor Marcia Clark shows signs of weariness during the last moments of her closing arguments in the O.J. Simpson double-murder trial Friday, Sept. 29, 1995 in Los Angeles as fellow prosecutor Hank Goldberg looks on. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon, pool)
FILE--Limousine driver Allan Park, left, testifies while attorney Johnnie Cochran Jr. displays a bag during the O.J. Simpson double-murder trial in Los Angeles Wednesday, March 29, 1995. Prosecutors finished up their closing arguments Friday, Sept. 29, 1995, citing Park's testimony as a key element in the trial. (AP Photo/Hal Garb, Pool)
Richard Rubin, former vice president of Aris Isotoner Inc., uses a pen to aid in measuring the left hand of O.J. Simpson without the presence of the jury Wednesday, June 21, 1995, during the double-murder trial in Los Angeles. Surrounding Simpson from left to right are defense attorneys Barry Scheck, Robert Shapiro, and Robert Blasier, seen from behind. (AP Photo/Vince Bucci, Pool)
O.J. Simpson puts on a new pair of gloves similar to the bloody gloves found at the murder scene in front of the jury during his double-murder trial in Los Angeles Wednesday, June 21, 1995. A prosecution glove expert declared that the gloves fit well. (AP Photo/Vince Bucci, Pool)
A smiling O.J. Simpson reacts to the jury's not guilty verdict in his double-murder trial in a Los Angeles courtroom Tuesday, Oct. 3, 1995. (AP Photo/Myung Chun, pool) <%% 0 PICTURE_OK HEADER_OK 0 2 %%>
Olympic gold medal champion Bruce Jenner and his wife Kris pause for a brief interview on the steps of the Criminal Courts Building as they arrive to watch the closing arguments in the O.J. Simpson double-murder trial, Wednesday, Sept. 27, 1995, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)
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"He's my friend," Kardashian tells his wife as he wrestles with taking the case. "I don't turn my back on people."
"You're turning your back on Nicole!" she replies.
A tearful Kris is also shown asking her friend Faye Resnick, played by Nashville star Connie Britton, if she thinks Simpson is guilty of killing his ex-wife. "She was terrified of him," Resnick replies.
John Travolta and Courtney B. Vance round out Simpson's defense team as Robert Shapiro and Johnnie Cochran, respectively, while Murphy mainstay Sarah Paulson stars as prosecutor Marcia Clark in the series, which will also tackle the racial components of one of the most publicized trials in American history.
"You want to make this a black thing," Gooding says in the preview. "Well, I'm not black. I'm O.J."