HBO greenlights 'Criminal Justice' miniseries, Robert De Niro in for James Gandolfini

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After months of will-they-or-won’t-they speculation about HBO’s seven-part miniseries Criminal Justice, HBO has decided to move forward with the project. EW has confirmed that the mini-series, which was given the greenlight back in May when James Gandolfini was set to star, is moving forward once again, now with Robert De Niro in the lead role.

Based on the 2008 BBC series by Peter Moffat, Criminal Justice is set in New York City, where an attorney (De Niro) is a bit too ambitious in taking on the case of a Pakistani being accused of murder. Riz Ahmed, Bill Camp, Payman Maadi, and Poorna Jagannathan will also star.

Gandolfini remains an executive producer on the project posthumously, with Steven Zaillian set to direct the first hour.

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