It’s taken some time for HBO miniseries Criminal Justice (now The Night Of) to go to trial, after John Turturro replaced Robert DeNiro in a role intended for James Gandolfini, and now a familiar first trailer arrives for the July premiere. There’s a long bright dark ahead for the criminal HBO drama, but maybe time’s just a flat circle, man.

Now set for a July 10 premiere, the eight-episode John Turturro series features among its cast The Wire star Michael K. Williams, Glenne Headly, Ben Shenkman, Sopranos alum Max Casella, Amara Karan, Sofia Black-D’Elia. Paul Sparks, Afton Williamson, Paulo Costanzo, Ned Eisenberg, Mohammad Bakri, Nabil Elouahabi, Ashley Thomas, Glenn Fleshler, Chip Zien, Riz Ahmed, Bill Camp, Payman Maadi and Poorna Jagannathan.

Adapted from an award-winning 2008 BBC series, the Americanized Criminal Justice was to feature Gandolfini as Jack Stone, a “downtrodden jailhouse attorney who frequents police stations for clients.” In his search, the character encounters Naz, an American-born Pakistani with no memory of his accused crime of stabbing to death a young woman he met. So reads the logline:

The Night Of delves into the intricacies of a complex New York City murder case with cultural and political overtones. The story examines the police investigation, the legal proceedings, the criminal justice system and the feral purgatory of Rikers Island, where the accused await trial for felony crimes.

Stay tuned for a full trailer, but will The Night Of live up to Gandolfini’s original vision?

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