More Perry Mason plotlines and cast information released

HBO’s reboot of Perry Mason is gathering pace and we’re getting more and more information.

We still think it’s one of the more exciting projects that’s coming up in the next year or so.

The series, starring Matthew Rhys, is set in 1931 Los Angeles.

This is the official spiel: While the rest of the country suffers through the Great Depression, this city is booming! Oil! Olympic Games! Talking Pictures! Evangelical Fervor! And a child kidnapping gone very, very wrong! Based on characters created by Erle Stanley Gardner, the limited series follows the origins of American Fiction’s most legendary criminal defence lawyer, Perry Mason (Rhys). When the case of the decade breaks down his door, Mason’s relentless pursuit of the truth reveals a fractured city and just maybe, a pathway to redemption for himself.

We’re also getting more information on the cast.

Chris Chalk will play Paul Drake. A beat cop with a knack for detective work, Paul is an outlier, with the added challenge of having to navigate an extremely race-conscious city and a downright oppressive police department. He must weigh the responsibilities of being a husband and father against his desire to seek justice in a controversial and politically loaded case.

Shea Whigham is Pete Strickland. Pete is hired by Mason as an extra set of eyes on his various investigations (some less than savoury). Strickland has a brotherly rapport with Mason and a cheerfully rakish demeanour that wins friends and influences damsels.

Nate Corddry will portray Matthew Dodson. A grocery store owner with a modest income, no one can explain why his one-year-old son is targeted for ransom. His picture-perfect marriage begins to crumble as secrets are uncovered on all sides.

Veronica Falcon is Lupe. A pilot and hard-drinking owner of a speakeasy, Lupe is a she-demon of the California skies and the third place airspeed champion of the world.

Jefferson Mays as Virgil – Attendant at the City Morgue, Virgil is envious of the life of a private detective. A friend of Mason’s, he regularly gives him access to bodies (and their personal effects).

Gayle Rankin as Emily Dodson – The mother of a one-year-old kidnapping victim, she is convinced that she is being punished by God for an unstated transgression.

Lili Taylor as Birdy McKeegan – A pious and deeply devout woman, as Sister Alice’s mother and closest advisor, Birdy keeps things running smoothly at the Pentecostal church.

The above join the likes of John Lithgow and Tatiana Maslany.

One Comment Add yours

  1. Zeke says:

    Della Street??
    The ever important Della?


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