The Sopranos' James Gandolfini to Seek Criminal Justice as Star of HBO Pilot

Three-time Emmy winner James Gandolfini will argue the law instead of flout it as the star of Criminal Justice, a well-pedigreed drama pilot just greenlit by his Sopranos home, HBO.

Co-written by Oscar winner Steven Zaillian (Schindler’s List) and Richard Price (The Color Of Money) and loosely based on the BBC series of the same name, Criminal Justice chronicles the journey of a person charged with murder through the New York City justice system.

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Per our sister site Deadline, HBO’s version will follow an American-born Pakistani cab driver (played by Riz Ahmed) who after a night of partying wakes to find a girl stabbed to death in his bed. Gandolfini will play Jack Stone, a low-rent jailhouse lawyer who appoints himself the lad’s attorney after finding him in a holding cell.

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Gandolfini will also serve as an executive producer on the project, which is set to start filming this fall in New York City.