It’s been 25 years since Nicole Brown Simpson, ex-wife of O.J. Simpson, was stabbed to death outside her Brentwood condo, but the story—or some form of it—is still being told.
Brown Simpson’s killing is at the center of The Murder of Nicole Brown Simpson, a thriller directed by Daniel Farrands that’s set to premiere in December. Most recently, Farrands directed The Haunting of Sharon Tate, the tragically campy Hilary Duff-starring Manson Murders movie that was released on Amazon Prime earlier this year. That film racked up a dismal 21 percent critics rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and from the looks of the new film’s trailer (and the comments beneath it), The Murder of Nicole Brown Simpson might face a similar fate.
The movie has already been criticized for suggesting that O.J. Simpson is not responsible for the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and her companion, Ron Goldman. Instead, it suggests that serial killer Glen Rogers committed the crimes. O.J. Simpson was acquitted of Goldman and Brown Simpson’s murder in a criminal trial in 1995—but two years later, he was found liable for the murders in a civil suit.
Rogers, who’s also as the Cross Country Killer and the Casanova Killer, was arrested one year after Brown Simpson’s death for two unrelated murders, but at the time of O.J.’s trial, he was seen as an alternative suspect for the killings.
The trailer shows Brown Simpson, played by Mena Suvari, first sleeping with Rogers, played by Nick Stahl, and then feeling like she’s being followed by him. The trailer also hints of a romantic relationship between Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Faye Resnick, played by Taryn Manning. These details come from the tell-all book Resnick published just three months after Brown Simpson’s murder. Kris Kardashian is played by Agnes Bruckner in a really dreadful wig.
At the beginning of the trailer, “The shocking true story of the most notorious murder” flashes on the screen before Brown Simpson tells a therapist, “I know what you’re thinking, but it wasn’t O.J.,” about bruises on her arm. (For the record, Brown Simpson had accused her ex-husband of “beating the holy hell” out of her in a letter than surfaced after her death.)
In the 2012 documentary, My Brother the Serial Killer, Rogers’s brother Clay writes that Rogers claimed he killed Brown Simpson and Goldman. When that film came out, Goldman’s family pushed back and Goldman’s father, Fred, told CNN he was certain Rogers was not responsible for the murders.
“The overwhelming evidence at the criminal trial proved that one, and only one, person murdered Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman,” Goldman said in a statement to CNN. “That person is O.J. Simpson and not Glen Rogers.”
Users on Twitter are rightfully confused about the movie. Some have wondered aloud if O.J. Simpson wrote it, considering if clears him of any wrongdoing. As one user put it: “I’m sorry…fucking WHAT?”
I'm sorry… fucking WHAT?https://t.co/DNJi1xaB40
— Ben 'Bernie' Norris (@BrokePizzaguy) October 17, 2019