Amazon Hands Out Series Order To David E. Kelley Drama ‘Trial’

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Billy Bob Thornton - FargoAmazon Prime Instant Video has handed out a ten episode straight-to-series order to Trial, the new legal drama from The Practice and Harry’s Law creator David E. Kelley which has Fargo alum Billy Bob Thornton attached to star, TVWise has learned.

Trial follows follows a down-and-out lawyer (Billy Bob Thornton) as he seeks redemption. His one shot depends on getting justice in a legal system where truth has become a commodity, and the scales of justice have never been more heavily weighted toward the rich and powerful.

“Billy Bob Thornton, William Hurt and David E. Kelley are world-class talents who have achieved longstanding success in captivating storytelling,” said Roy Price, Vice President of Amazon Studios. “We are excited to bring this series to our members next year.”

Trial has been on the fast-track at Amazon and was largely expected to bypass the streaming service’s so-called “egalitarian” pilot model and go straight-to-series once the main cast has been assembled. Originally, Amazon put out an offer to Kevin Costner to play the lead, but the actor passed, shortly after which Fargo breakout Billy Bob Thornton nabbed the lead role.

David E. Kelley created Trial and penned the pilot script alongside The Practice scribe Jonathan Shapiro. In addition to Thornton, the cast includes William Hurt (Humans), Olivia Thirlby (Juno), Maria Bello (Prisoners) and Molly Parker (House of Cards). Amazon Studios is producing with Kelley, Shapiro and Ross Fineman executive producing. David Semel is attached to direct the series, which is expected to enter production next year for a 2016 premiere.