HBO is moving forward with the seven-part miniseries Criminal Justice, originally planned as a starring vehicle for the late James Gandolfini.
The network confirms to The Hollywood Reporter that Robert De Niro has stepped into the lead role, three months after Gandolfini's sudden death put the project in limbo. Gandolfini will stay on as executive producer, posthumously, and Steven Zaillian will direct the first hour.
Criminal Justice, a stateside adaptation of Peter Moffatt's 2008 BBC drama of the same name, was originally developed as a series at HBO. The network passed on the pilot in February, only to revive it as a limited series in May.
It is being produced by produced by HBO in association with BBC Worldwide Prods., Film Rites and Tribeca Films. The story follows Jack Stone (De Niro), an ambulance-chasing lawyer who becomes involved in a case defending a young man accused of murdering a girl on New York's Upper West Side. Riz Ahmed, Bill Camp, Payman Maadi and Poorna Jagannathan also star.