The O.J. Simpson movie is moving forward. TheWrap first broke the news that Charlotte Kirk has been cast to play Nicole Brown Simpson in a curious film about a highly complicated real-life story.
The British actress, who was previously cast in "Non-Stop," is the latest addition to director Joshua Newton's controversial movie. "An American Mystery" promises an objective look at one of the the most infamous trials in American history. TheWrap has the film's budget at $65 million and reports that it could be finished in time for a 2014 summer release, just in time for the murder's 20th anniversary. A press release for the movie reveals that "Ms. Kirk’s portrayal of Nicole Brown-Simpson will span the period from when she first met the famed running back as an 18 year old in 1977 to her untimely death in 1994." (It also boasts a number of former politicians and retired athletes as the folks "behind the movie.")
As late as May of this year, Simpson was in and out of court in connection with the theft of memorabilia from a Las Vegas Hotel room. Simpson, now 65, is currently serving a jail sentence that could last as long as 33 years. According to the press release, Simpson "expressed interest" in working on the movie, "an offer that was flatly rejected" by the Newton, who is writing and directing.
In what's been dubbed the "trial of the century," Simpson was charged with the 1994 murder of his ex-wife and her friend. The jaw-dropping rise and fall of the once-profesional football player captivated the nation. Though Simpson was acquitted in court, the verdict did not carry over into the court of public opinion, where it's widely believed that Simpson "got away with murder."
In 2007, Simpson made matters worse by attempting to publish "If I Did It," a sort of faux-confession that details how he "would have" killed his wife. The book was pulled before going to shelves, but not before an entire print run had been put to paper. The rights were then transfered to the family of Ronald Goldman, the alleged lover of Nicole, in an effort to satisfy Simpson's debts following the book's republication in August 2007.
For more on the casting, head over to TheWrap.
Here's a photo of O.J. and the late Nicole Brown from 1980: