John Lithgow has joined the cast of the upcoming “Perry Mason” limited series at HBO alongside Matthew Rhys in the title role and Tatiana Maslany.
Based on characters created by Erle Stanley Gardner, the story follows the origins of American fiction’s most legendary criminal defense lawyer.
Lithgow will play Elias Birchard ‘E.B.’ Jonathan, a personal attorney at the nadir of his career and a semi-regular employer of Mason. His character serves as both a mentor and a father figure to Mason.
In the series, the pair are handed the kind of case they haven’t seen in years: a high-profile parallel investigation to the LAPD involving a case of child kidnapping. Mason’s relentless pursuit of the truth reveals a fractured city and just maybe, a pathway to redemption for himself.
Lithgow will soon be seen in the untitled Roger Ailes movie from Jay Roach due out in December.