Robert De Niro Joins HBO’s ‘Criminal Justice’

Robert De Niro

Veteran actor Robert De Niro has joined HBO’s Criminal Justice, taking the place of the late James Gandolfini (Sopranos). The HBO drama is a seven-part drama that was originally created as a series after the network showed interest in the new format this past May. The drama will see De Niro as the lead character Jack Stone, “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,” as confirmed by The Hollywood Reporter.

‘Criminal Justice’ – inspired by Peter Moffat’s 2008 BBC drama of the same name – will also star a cast ensemble that includes actors Riz Ahmed (Four Lions), Bill Camp (Lawless), Payman Maadi (About Elly) and Poorna Jagannathan (Delhi Belly). The mini-series will be produced by HBO and BBC Worldwide Prods., Film Rites and Tribeca Films. James Gandolfini is credited as an executive producer behind the project along with Steven Zaillian, Peter Moffat, Richard Price, BBC Worldwide’s Jane Tranter and Jane Rosenthal of Tribeca. Film Rites’ Garrett Basch and Attaboy’s Mark Armstrong and Nancy Sanders will serve as co-executive producers alongside Berry Welsh who will co-producer.

Robert De Niro is best known for his work in ‘Goodfellas’, ‘Meet the Parents’ and ‘The Godfather’.