Fans of classic court dramas and police procedurals have something to look forward to with the upcoming HBO limited drama Perry Mason, heading to Sky Atlantic and Now TV June 22. The first trailer can be seen below.
A period piece set in 1932 Los Angeles, the show provides an origin story for the famed defence lawyer, played here by Matthew (The Americans) Rhys, based on character from Erle Stanley Gardner’s novels.
When we’re introduced to Mason he’s a low-rent private investigator, haunted by his wartime experiences in France and suffering the effects of a broken marriage. Set in LA, against the backdrop of the Great Depression, Mason is called to investigate a kidnap gone wrong, which is just the tip of an iceberg of intrigue and corruption. The drama has a broody, noirish feel to it.
The character was last seen on TV, played by Raymond Burr.
With a supporting cast that includes John Lithgow, Shea Whigham, Tatiana Maslany, Juliet Rylance, and Matt Frewer, the eight part series has been executive produced by Robert Downey Jr; Matthew Rhys also serves as a producer.