James Gandolfini and James Caan Returning To Criminal Roots (On Television)
Tony Soprano and Sonny Corleone are coming to a television set near you with the recent casting news that both James Gandolfini and James Caan are to be featured in two separate television crime series. Gandolfini is returning to his HBO stomping grounds in the American adaptation of the BBC series Criminal Justice, while Caan will be featured in the second season of the Starz series Magic City.
Across the pond, the original Criminal Justice followed the journey of a person charged with murder through the justice system, with a new cast of characters each season. The new HBO adaptation will focus on the first BBC season, which had former Dr. Who and current Q, Ben Whishaw, as “Ben Coulter, a young man who takes his father’s cab for a drive and picks up a party girl who takes him to her apartment for a drunken and drug-filled night out. When he wakes up in the morning, Ben finds the girl stabbed to death and, though he can’t remember committing the crime, he is soon charged with it.”
Gandolfini will play Jack Stone, a disheveled jailhouse lawyer in cheap suits who trolls police precincts for clients. While it doesn’t look like Saul Goodman-caliber material, Gandolfini is sure to knock it out of the park.
While Gandolfini chose one side of the law, Caan chose the other, as he is set to star as the head of the Chicago mob and boss to Danny Huston’s character in Magic City. Set in the 1950′s, Magic City follows the Miami Beach scene surrounding Ike Evans (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), and the Miami mob (think Boardwalk Empire meets Mad Men).
Source: Movie News