Former Sopranos star James Gandolfini is looking to stay at his comfortable HBO home by starring in an American adaptation of British crime drama Criminal Justice. HBO has given the pilot the greenlight; it was co-written by Richard Price (The Wire, The Color Of Money) and Oscar-winning writer Steven Zaillian (Schindler’s List), who will also direct and executive-produce with Gandolfini and Price.
Gandolfini will play Jack Stone, a less than scrupulous attorney dressed in cheap suits and sandals, who trolls New York City police precincts for desperate clients. Stone stumbles upon an American-born Pakistani man named Naz (Rizwan Ahmed) in a holding cell and appoints himself Naz’s attorney. Actor/writer Peyman Moadi (A Separation) and Bollywood actress Poorna Jagannathan will star as Naz’s parents, Salim and Safar Kahn – with Bill Camp playing Detective Box, the lead detective on the case.
The original BAFTA Award-winning UK series (created by writer Peter Moffat) ran for two, five-episode seasons in 2008. Each episode chronicled the peculiar journey of a person charged with murder through the English justice system, and featured a new set of characters and cast. HBO’s version will follow the plot of the first season of the British Criminal Justice – which centered on a young man named Ben Coulter (Ben Whishaw) who picks up a wild party girl after stealing his father’s cab. Following a drug and alcohol-fuelled night, Ben wakes up with the girl violently stabbed to death in his bed – despite not remembering a thing, he is soon charged with her murder.
HBO has added Joshua Bitton to the cast of Gotham-set crime drama "Criminal Justice."
Bitton will play by-the-book cop Officer Maldonado in the pilot. HBO vet James Gandolfini is headlining the project loosely based on the BBC series of the same name from Peter Moffat. Richard Price is penning the pilot, with Steve Zaillian helming.
Bitton has appeared in HBO miniseries "The Pacific" along with broadcast dramas "Private Practice" and "Harry's Law."