Raymond Burr is still Perry Mason to many fans, but HBO has a new criminal defence attorney coming on screen in 2020. Interestingly, it is not Perry Mason that was initially expected. Robert Downey Jr. announced the Perry Mason Project in the works at HBO in 2016 and had a leading role.
There were some changes over time, and it was recently announced that American Emmy Award-winning star Matthew Rice would play the role. Robert Downey Jr. is still an executive producer at HBO’s Perry Mason Miniseries, however, and he showed the first picture of Matthew Rice in the role: Complicated! Is our new Perry Mason checking out on his shoulder? We already knew that the series would coincide with author Erley Stanley Gardner’s first Perry Mason mysteries of the 1930s installation.
The limited series follows the origins of American fiction’s most famous criminal defence attorney. When the matter of the decade breaks its doors, Perry Mason’s relentless pursuit of the truth reveals a fragmented city and may just be the route to cash in on.
Welsh actor Matthew Rice is away from the Americans, aka one of the best TV shows of all time, and he will soon appear opposite Tom Hanks on a beautiful day in the neighbourhood. HBO announced a possible new Perry Mason series in 2016, as written by Nick Pizzolatto of True Detective to star Robert Downey Jr. According to Deadline, the series believed that the Perry Mason film was set as RDJ and his producer wife, Susan. A passion project for Downey.
In August 2017, Deadline reported that new writers Rawlin Jones and Ron FitzGerald were hired, with Nick Pizzolato focusing his attention on True Detective Season 3. At the time, the play was being viewed as a continuous series, based on a future run. Robert Downey, Jr. Availability. Now RDJ is out, Matthew Rhys is in, and Perry Mason is being billed as the miniseries.
Perry Mason’s cast also includes Tatiana Maslany, John Lithgow, Chris Chalk, Juliet Rallance, Shea Whigham, Nat Cordry, Veronica Falcon, Andrew Howard, Jefferson Mayes, Robert Patrick, Stephen Root, Gail Rankin, Lily Taylor and Justin Kirk. Premiere dates for Perry Mason have not been revealed yet, but it may come together with an official trailer. Maybe soon?
Meanwhile, Robert Downey Jr. will return to the screen for his first role with Avengers: Endgame.