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Robert De Niro Replaces James Gandolfini in HBO’s CRIMINAL JUSTICE

Posted on September 25, 2013 at 2:34 pm by David "Snackbar" Edmundson

US actor Robert De Niro talks with the a

At the time of his unfortunate death James Gandolfini was set to return to HBO in the series Criminal Justice. He had been trying to get the project off the ground for some time, and the project seemed to be in limbo after his passing. Producer Steven Zaillian and HBO worked hard to find a replacement that would befit a man of Gandolfini’s talent, and now it looks like Robert De Niro has agreed to take over the role.  The crime story takes place in New York City and revolves around an ambulance-chasing attorney who gets in over his head when he takes on the case of a Pakistani accused of murdering a girl on the Upper West Side.

The lawyer role is central to the story of Criminal Justice and is the one that Gandolfini had chosen for himself.  Deadline reports that production will now move forward on the seven-episode miniseries in March, with Gandolfini remaining onboard as an executive producer.  Zaillian has been working on the project for years and will be directing the first hour, with offers currently out to other directors to helm the subsequent installments.  Riz Ahmed is set to star as the accused, with Bill Camp, Payman Maadi, and Poorna Jagannathan also set to star.

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