John Lithgow joined the detective mini-series “Perry Mason”, which was planned for HBO Robert Downey Jr. together with the author of “true detective” the name of Pizzolatto. This publication reports The Hollywood Reporter.
The actor will embody the character of Elias Birchard Jonathan, mentor, Mason. He hires a successful Los Angeles lawyer to investigate cases of child abduction. The title role is Downey Jr., who decided to restrict the post of Executive producer, will perform Matthew Reese. In the TV show is also occupied Tatiana Maslany in the role of Sister Alice, head Light Assembly of God.
Pizzolatto, decided to withdraw from the project due to work on the third season of “true detective”. Now the writers and showrunners of the film adaptation are Rolin Jones and Ron Fitzgerald.
Perry Mason first appeared in the novel by Erle Stanley Gardner “the case of the velvet claws”. He not only represented his clients in court, but he was investigating the cases. The action takes place in the thirties. Based on the books was filmed two series (“Perry Mason,” “the New Perry Mason”) and 30 TV films.