January 29, 2016 12:10 PM EST

Millions watched O.J. Simpson’s trial for murder unfold in real time, which made casting actors in the FX anthology series The People v. O.J. Simpson a challenge. Who could possibly portray now-infamous figures like Simpson, his lawyers Johnnie Cochran and Robert Shapiro, and even family friend (and ex-husband of Kris Jenner) Robert Kardashian?

A host of famous actors including Cuba Gooding, Jr., John Travolta, David Schwimmer and Sarah Paulson were tapped for just some of the roles. Check out how the cast compares to their real-life counterparts.

The People v. O.J. Simpson premieres Feb. 2 at 10 p.m. E.T. on FX.

Write to Eliana Dockterman at eliana.dockterman@time.com.

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