As EW reports, Selma Blair, known for her roles in Legally Blonde and Cruel Intentions, is set to play a very familiar face: Kardashian family matriarch Kris Jenner.
Before her marriage to Bruce Jenner and her rise to prominence as Kim’s mom on a hit reality TV show, Kris Jenner was Kris Kardashian, the wife of O.J. Simpson’s lawyer during Simpson’s murder trial; it’s this period of Jenner’s life that will be covered in American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson. (Attorney Robert Kardashian will be played by Friends star David Schwimmer, while Simpson himself will be played by Cuba Gooding Jr.)
While Jenner herself wasn’t involved directly in the legal proceedings, her friendship with both O.J. Simpson and the late Nicole Brown Simpson make her narrative a particularly compelling one. It’s easy to forget the degree to which Jenner was a player in the biggest legal story of the 1990s. Indeed, Jenner’s general reticence to engage with how she came to prominence speaks to the degree to which the Simpson trial, with its perceived lack of resolution, is still discomfiting. In large part, the culture has moved on; O.J. Simpson’s attempt to capitalize on the trial with a book, If I Did It, was met with revulsion. And when the Simpson trial came up on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills due to a character’s association with Brown Simpson, it was more reality than the reality show could bear.
It’s an open question as to how much TV viewers, including those who weren’t alive during the trial, will want to go back to a fairly painful chapter in cultural history—one whose players have all either faded from the spotlight or pivoted to other endeavors.
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