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James Gandolfini for HBO's Criminal Justice

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Story by Jack Foley

JAMES Gandolfini is set to star in new HBO series Criminal Justice.

An adaptation of Peter Moffat’s 2008 BBC crime drama, the original New York-set drama tracked a person on trial for murder through the court process, with each of its two five-episode seasons consisting of a new cast.

HBO’s installment will revolve around the first arc, which originally tracked Ben Whishaw as a man who wakes up to find the stranger he partied with the night before stabbed to death. He is subsequently charged with her murder.

Steven Zaillian, the Oscar-winning writer of Schindler’s List will co-pen the pilot and direct with Richard Price, an Academy Award nominee for The Color of Money co-writing as well.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Gandolfini will star as Jack Stone, a down-trodden jailhouse attorney who frequents police stations for clients.

It’s during one such visit that he finds a client, Naz, an American-born Pakistani, to be played by Riz Ahmed.

The pilot also features Bill Camp as a character named Box, Peyman Moadi as Salim Kahn and Poorna Jagannathan as Safar Kahn, Naz’s parents.

In its original BBC form, Criminal Justice earned Moffat a BAFTA as best writer as well as best drama serial in 2009, with Matthew Macfadyen collecting a supporting actor prize in 2010.

Whishaw took home the 2009 International Emmy for his leading role.

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