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James Gandolfini leads HBO's 'Criminal Justice' pilot
Basically every year since "The Sopranos" ended, HBO has attempted to put James Gandolfini in a potential new project.
This year's Gandolfini-led drama is "Criminal Justice," an adaptation of a BBC format which may be closer to reality, with a powerhouse duo attached as writer and director.
According to Deadline.com, novelist and screenwriter Richard Price ("The Wire") will be writing the pilot, while Oscar winner Steven Zaillian ("Searching For Bobby Fischer") will direct.
Gandolfini will play a "disheveled jailhouse lawyer" who finds a new passion when he meets Naz (Rizwan Ahmed) in a holding cell. Since the 2008 British format had two seasons, each focusing on a single person charged with murder, we assume Naz is being charged with something similarly dark.
The "Criminal Justice" pilot is also set to star Rizwan Ahmed, Bill Camp, Peyman Moadi and Poorna Jagannathan.
HBO has given an actual pilot order to "Criminal Justice," which puts it ahead of such previous Gandolfini developments as "Taxi-22" and "Big Dead Place."