James Gandolfini’s HBO ‘Criminal Justice’ Finally Sets 2016 Premiere With New Title, Cast
It’s been almost two years since John Turturro replaced Robert DeNiro in the HBO Criminal Justice series originally developed and intended for James Gandolfini, and the project has finally moved forward. Re-named The Night Of, HBO has set a summer premiere for the long-awaited drama, fleshing out the cast with some HBO favorites as well.
Per The Hollywood Reporter, the John Turturro-led series has also extended to eight parts, rather than the initial seven of development. Eyed for a summer debut, the cast also now includes 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 updated 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.
No word on an official premiere date, but will the late Gandolfini’s vision for Criminal Justice finally shine through The Night Of?