What If O.J. Didn’t Do It?


The Murder of Nicole Brown Simpson will be released in theaters and on VOD next month, and a new trailer for the true crime movie has been released online. Starring Mena Suvari (American Pie) as Nicole Brown Simpson, the movie takes some creative liberties by suggesting everything we thought we knew about her infamous double-homicide is completely wrong. You can see what I mean by watching the official trailer below.

Though based on true events, The Murder of Nicole Brown Simpson introduces the idea that real-life serial killer Glen Rogers, a.k.a. the “Casanova Killer,” may be the real murderer behind the heinous crime that took the lives of Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman. Co-starring with Suvari in the movie are Nick Stahl as Glen Rogers, Drew Roy as Ronald Goldman, and Gene Freeman as O. J. Simpson. Also starring as other real-life personalities who knew Brown Simpson are Taryn Manning as Faye Resnick, Agnes Bruckner as Kris Kardashian, and Trent Walker as Bruce Jenner.

The Murder of Nicole Brown Simpson is directed by Daniel Farrands, whose previous work suggests he is the right person for such a project. In addition to helming The Amityville Murders, Farrands also directed The Haunting of Sharon Tate, which depicted the life of another famous murder victim in the days leading up to her death. The movie is written by Michael Arter and produced by Farrands, Eric Brenner, and Lucas Jarach. Charles Arthur Berg and Jim Jacobsen executive produce.

On June 12, 1994, Nicole Brown Simpson was found dead alongside Goldman outside her home in Los Angeles. As the prime suspect, her ex-husband O. J. was arrested soon after, with his televised court case nicknamed the “trial of the century.” Though O. J. was ultimately acquitted for the double-homicide, most people believe he is actually guilty and cheated the judicial system to get away with murder. Writing a “hypothetical” book years later called If I Did It didn’t help his case, nor did losing a civil trial to Goldman’s family which found him responsible for the deaths of Brown Simpson and Goldman. Officially, the case remains unsolved.

The tragic story of what happened to Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman was explored on the small screen in 2016 for the FX series The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story. In the limited series, Cuba Gooding Jr. starred as the titular criminal, joined in the cast by Sterling K. Brown as Christopher Darden, Nathan Lane as F. Lee Bailey, Sarah Paulson as Marcia Clark, John Travolta as Robert Shapiro, Courtney B. Vance as Johnnie Cochran, and Kenneth Choi as Judge Lance Ito. Neither Brown Simpson nor Goldman were portrayed on the series as it picks up with O. J.’s arrest and the start of his trial.

The Murder of Nicole Brown Simpson will be released in theaters, VOD, and Digital outlets on Jan. 10, 2020. In addition to this movie, Brown Simpson will also be portrayed by Charlotte Kirk in the upcoming crime thriller Nicole & O.J., with Boris Kodjoe co-starring as her alleged murderer. When considering the rising popularity of true crime podcasts, movies, and TV shows, I suppose none of this should be too surprising. The Murder of Nicole Brown Simpson trailer comes to us from Quiver Distribution.

Jeremy Dick at Movieweb



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