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    Robert De Niro Takes James Gandolfini's Role in HBO's Criminal Justice Miniseries

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    HBO's Criminal Justice has found a new leading man in the form of Robert De Niro, who will step in for the late James Gandolfini. The network confirmed De Niro's casting to E! News on Wednesday, Sept. 25.

    The seven-part miniseries was given the greenlight in May, just one month before the Sopranos star died of a heart attack at age 51.

    Criminal Justice is based on the 2008 BBC series by Peter Moffat. It tells the story of attorney Jack Stone (De Niro) who bites off more than he can chew when he agrees to represent a Pakistani man accused of murdering a one night stand.

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    Actors Riz Ahmed, Bill Camp, Poorna Jagannathan and Payman Maadi will also star in the miniseries.

    De Niro, 70, most recently appeared on the big screen in The Family alongside Michelle Pfeiffer, Tommy Lee Jones and Dianna Agron. Since its Sept. 13 release, the crime comedy has earned just under $27 million in the United States.

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