Entertainment network HBO pretty much owns television. From the global sensation Game of Thrones to the high-octane hit Billions, pretty much every scripted show you’ve been obsessed with lately has HBO’s greasy fingerprints on it. Good news for us is that the network has just dropped the trailer for its new series, and if you’re a fan of neo-noir hits, you’re in luck. The latest venture is a remake of the iconic Perry Mason character made famous in the late 1950s.
According to the official website, HBO’s Perry Mason reboot will be set in 1932 Los Angeles, focusing on the origin story of the famed defence lawyer. The new mini-series appears to be taking the original Erle Stanley Gardner source material very seriously, sticking to the clothing, content and characters set out in those early novels. As a low-rent private investigator, Mason is haunted by his wartime experiences in France, all the while, LA is taking off. A kidnapping gone wrong exposes the city’s seedy underbelly, however, thrusting Mason into a world of bleak chaos.
Sure, that all sounds great, but it gets better. Starring in the lead role is Matthew Rhys, best known for his work on The Americans. Further, Orphan Black‘s Tatiana Maslany and film legend John Lithgow will also make an appearance. Helming the project is Tim Van Patten, the same guy that steered Game of Thrones to its monster viewership. It sees a return to the dark world of gangsters and crims for Van Patten, who previously directed episodes of The Sopranos, Boardwalk Empire and The Wire.
If the new Perry Mason remake is anything like Van Patten’s previous work, we could be on to something special. Perry Mason premieres June 21.