John Travolta has been cast in FX's American Crime Story, Entertainment Weekly reports. The first season of producer Ryan Murphy's crime anthology series will tackle the O.J. Simpson trial. Travolta is attached to star as defense attorney Robert Shapiro.
It will mark Travolta's first regular television role since his debut on Welcome Back, Kotter in 1975. Since his mid-'70s television breakthrough, Travolta has become one of Hollywood's biggest actors, thanks to roles in films ranging from Grease to Pulp Fiction.
In addition to having a leading part in the 10-part true crime miniseries, Travolta will also have a producer credit. He joins a cast that includes Cuba Gooding Jr. as Simpson, frequent Murphy collaborator Sarah Paulson as prosecutor Marcia Clark and David Schwimmer as defense attorney Robert Kardashian.
American Crime Story was written by Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski and directed by Ryan Murphy; all three serve as executive producers. The inaugural season of the anthology series is based on Jeffrey Toobin's book The Run of His Life: The People v. O.J. Simpson.