Newswire: Let’s render a controversial verdict on FX’s O.J. Simpson show photos

FX’s American Crime Story: The People Vs. O.J. Simpson isn’t set to premiere until 2016, meaning it’s another year until that circus of a murder trial is at last given the sober consideration that only time and Ryan Murphy can confer. But in the meantime, the network has released its first official cast photos, so you can issue your own judgment on how accurately these actors have captured their real-life counterparts, then watch as that verdict tears America apart.

First up is Cuba Gooding Jr. as O.J. Simpson, wearing the famous suede jacket and mock turtleneck from the early days of the trial, when Simpson was still moonlighting as a rough-and-tumble private eye. While Gooding Jr. and Simpson may be quite different in stature, the actor has eerily captured the cold, haunted look of a man who’s been accused of double homicide, or of …

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