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John Travolta joins cast of "American Crime Story"

John Travolta is returning to the small screen.

The actor has been cast in FX's "American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson," as defense attorney Robert Shapiro.

This marks Travolta's first series-regular television role since his "Welcome Back, Kotter" days in the 1970s. He'll also serve as a producer on the anthology miniseries.

According to TVLine, Travolta will star in the project alongside Cuba Gooding Jr. as Simpson, Sarah Paulson as prosecutor Marcia Clark and David Schwimmer as Simpson's friend and attorney Robert Kardashian.

"American Crime Story," from "American Horror Story" creator Ryan Murphy, was picked up for a 10-episode first season chronicling the 1995 Simpson murder trial.

The project is based on Jeffrey Toobin's book "The Run of His Life: The People V. O.J. Simpson," which chronicles the trial from the perspective of the former NFL star's lawyers. Per, FX 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."

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