EXCLUSIVE: Netflix has given a sequence order to The Lincoln Lawyer, a drama primarily based on Michael Connelly’s sequence of bestselling novels, from The Observe and Large Little Lies creator David E. Kelley and A+E Studios.
It is a new incarnation of the challenge, which originally was set up at CBS with a sequence manufacturing dedication final season. Manuel Garcia-Rulfo (The Magnificent Seven) has been tapped to play the titular character within the Netflix sequence because it honors the story’s Latinx origins.
“I’m excited to announce that after a little bit of a journey, Mickey Haller will come to life as soon as once more on display — this time within the TV sequence adaptation of The Lincoln Lawyer coming to Netflix and starring the fantastic and gifted Manuel Garcia-Rulfo,” Connelly mentioned in weblog put up tied to the pickup.
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With the casting of Mexico-born Garcia-Rulfo, Mickey Haller will keep true to the character as depicted in Connelly’s books. (Within the CBS model, the position was to be performed by Logan Marshall-Inexperienced; within the 2011 film, the character was portrayed by Matthew McConaughey.)
“Manuel is the perfect Mickey Haller, who’s following within the footsteps of his lawyer father with the showmanship of his Mexican film star mom,” Connelly wrote. “He brings a robust dynamic and dimension to the position — one which aligns with the books and brings authenticity to the Latinx heritage and roots of this Los Angeles-based story.”
The ten-episode first season is predicated on the second guide in The Lincoln Lawyer sequence, The Brass Verdict.
Written and govt produced by Kelley and showrunner Ted Humphrey (The Good Spouse), The Lincoln Lawyer revolves round Mickey Haller (Garcia-Rulfo), an iconoclastic idealist, who runs his regulation follow out of the again seat of his Lincoln City Automotive, as he takes on instances huge and small throughout the expansive metropolis of Los Angeles.
“The Lincoln Lawyer sequence can be tailored to serve up the complicated and mysterious arcs followers know and love with a mixture of light-hearted humor and a dose of household dynamics,” Connelly mentioned.
The artistic workforce of the challenge stays the identical because it was for the CBS model, with Kelley and Humphrey govt producing alongside Connelly and Ross Fineman (Goliath, Large Sky).
On-screen, two roles are being recast: Mickey and Lorna, his second ex-wife and fixed confidante, who was to be played by Kiele Sanchez on CBS. A search is underway for a director.
At CBS, The Lincoln Lawyer was picked as much as pilot, which was days away from beginning manufacturing when the coronavirus pandemic shut down all filming in March. After CBS’ shock Might determination not to go forward with the high-profile project, A+E Studios instantly took it it out to streamers. (The present’s serialized storytelling was thought-about higher fitted to a digital platform than a standard community.)
Whereas totally different suitors have been rumored, together with Prime Video, which has the long-running sequence Bosch, centered on Mickey’s half-brother, critical dialog with Netflix began over the summer time.
This marks the second sequence at Netflix for A+E Studios, becoming a member of WWII animated limited series The Liberator, which premiered on Veterans Day. The studio, whose slate is overseen by A+E head Barry Jossen and EVP scripted programming Tana Jamieson, is also behind breakout new ABC drama sequence Large Sky, additionally from Kelley.
At Netflix, Kelley additionally has the upcoming anthology Anatomy of a Scandal, primarily based on Sarah Vaughan’s novel, starring Sienna Miller, Michelle Dockery and Rupert Buddy. Large Little Lies creator Kelley is coming off one other profitable restricted sequence for HBO, The Undoing.
The Lincoln Lawyer reunites Garcia-Rulfo with Kelley and Fineman after he had a serious recurring position on Prime Video’s Goliath, co-created/exec produced by Kelley and exec produced by Fineman. The Lincoln Lawyer and Goliath are two of the numerous authorized sequence Kelley, an lawyer by commerce, has created/co-created. The record additionally consists of the Emmy-winning The Observe and Ally McBeal.
Garcia-Rulfo is greatest recognized for his position as Vasquez in The Magnificent Seven remake and Gallo in Sicario: Day of the Soldado. He just lately was seen in options Greyhound and 6 Underground, and his TV credit additionally embody From Nightfall to Daybreak: The Sequence.
The Lincoln Lawyer guide sequence launched in 2009. The newest, sixth installment, The Legislation of Innocence, was revealed in November, seven years after the fifth novel.
“I’m thrilled to name Netflix our dwelling,” Connelly mentioned. “And I’m excited to carry this wealthy, multilayered story full of intriguing characters and mysteries to unravel to tens of millions of viewers — each outdated and new followers — all over the world.”