Tatiana Maslany Joins Matthew Rhys On HBO’s ‘Perry Mason’ Series
‘Orphan Black’ star Tatiana Maslany has picked a new leading role on HBO’s upcoming ‘Perry Mason‘ limited series opposite Matthew Rhys it has been announced.
Based on characters created by Erle Stanley Gardner, the new, reimagined series sees Rhys play the defence attorney/private investigator in 1932 Los Angeles. Whilst most of the country is recovering from the Great Depression, things in LA are booming, as the Olympics arrive and talking pictures start to take off. But when a child kidnapping goes very wrong, the case of the decade lands at Mason’s doorstep, he relentlessly pursues the truth revealing a fractured city and just maybe, a pathway to redemption for himself.
Maslany will play Sister Alice, the leader of the Radiant Assembly of God, preaching three sermons a day to a hungry congregation and a radio audience that spans the country. According to Deadline, who broke the news, she is an entertainer, politician, God’s conduit to the City of Angels. She wields great power when she speaks, and plans to use it in ways only she can know.
Tatiana Maslany is best known for her tour-de-force performance as half the cast of ‘Orphan Black’ which saw her play multiple clones, each with unique personalities. Really, any gig after that job should be a breeze!
The series comes from Robert Downey Jr’s Team Downey, and has been floating around as an idea for a number of years. Downey was originally looking at reviving the character for a feature film, then HBO got involved and it morphed into a tv project. It initially had ‘True Detective’ creator Nic Pizzolatto attached as writer, but he then left the project, so this iteration comes from Rolin Jones (‘Life in Pieces’, ‘Boardwalk Empire’, ‘Weeds’) and Ron Fitzgerald (‘Weeds’, ‘Westworld’) who will write, exec produce and serve as showrunners.
As ‘Perry Mason‘ is a HBO series, that should mean it appears on Sky Atlantic when it is released. There is currently no premiere date, but we’ll let you know when we hear more.