Former “The Americans” star Matthew Rhys has been set to lead the long in the works limited series reboot of “Perry Mason” at HBO.
Robert Downey Jr. has long been attached, back when the project was conceived as a feature film from “True Detective” creator Nic Pizzolatto, but his schedule has made it near impossible. Downey will remain on board as an executive producer. Rolin Jones and Ron Fitzgerald took over the writing as it shifted gears to a series and will serve as showrunners.
Erle Stanley Gardner created the character with this new one set in 1932 Los Angeles and exploring the time in the legendary criminal defense lawyer’s life when he is living check-to-check as a low-rent private investigator. Mason is haunted by his wartime experiences in France and is suffering the effects of a broken marriage.
Rhys will also produce the series and a search is now underway for a director.
Source: The Live Feed