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Robert De Niro replacing James Gandolfini in HBO's Criminal Justice

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Story by Jack Foley

ROBERT De Niro is to replace the late James Gandolfini as the lead in HBO mini-series Criminal Justice.

Three months after Gandolfini’s sudden death put the project in limbo, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed that De Niro has agreed to step into the void.

Based on Peter Moffatt’s 2008 BBC drama of the same name, Criminal Justice will follow 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.

The show also stars Riz Ahmed, Bill Camp, Payman Maadi and Poorna Jagannathan.

The US version will differ from the UK format, which saw each episode of its two-season run tracking a different individual on trial for murder through the court process with a different cast.

Gandolfini will remain as executive producer, posthumously, while Steven Zaillian will direct the first hour.

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