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American Horror Story boss's new show casts The Good Wife star

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American Horror Story boss Ryan Murphy's new anthology series American Sports Story has cast another star.

The latest spin-off in Murphy's franchise will tell the real-life story of NFL player Aaron Hernandez, who was arrested and subsequently convicted for the murder of semi-professional American football player Odin Lloyd.

As reported by Deadline, The Good Wife star Tammy Blanchard has been cast in a series regular role as Terri Hernandez, the convicted murderer's mother.

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Written by Stu Zicherman, season one of American Sports Story is based on the Boston Globe and Wondery podcast Gladiator: Aaron Hernandez and Football Inc.

Taking on the role of Hernandez, who died by suicide in 2017, is The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes actor Josh Andrés Rivera.

Rivera and Blanchard will be joined on the cast by The Good Fight star Tony Yazbeck, who is on board to play Urban Meyer, head coach of the University of Florida.

Joining them are Broadway actress Lindsay Mendez, who will play Hernandez's cousin and The Staircase actor Patrick Schwarzenegger as former NFL star Tim Tebow and Hernandez's former college teammate.

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Back when the series was announced, CEO of FX John Landgraf said in a statement: "When Ryan Murphy came to us with these two spinoffs and the stories for American Sports Story and American Love Story, we immediately jumped at the opportunity.

"What began with American Horror Story has spawned some of the best and most indelible programs of our generation, most notably American Crime Story, which created a beautiful partnership between Ryan, Brad [Falchuk], Nina [Jacobson] and Brad [Simpson].

"Their alchemy and the way in which they construct these stories is done with such care, such clarity and such dimensionality that creates the magnificence that is The People v. OJ Simpson, The Assassination of Gianni Versace and Impeachment. We can't wait to see what comes next."

American Horror Story airs on FX in the US and Disney+ in the UK, where seasons 1-9 are also available to buy on Prime Video.


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