Amazon today officially acknowledged Trial, its straight-to-series drama starring Oscar winners Billy Bob Thornton (Fargo) and William Hurt (Broadcast News), along with Olivia Thirlby (Juno), Maria Bello (Prisoners), Molly Parker (House Of Cards) and Sarah Wynter. Trial, which had been on track for a 10-episode order, bypassing the streaming service’s pilot process, was written by David E. Kelley (Ally McBeal) and Jonathan Shapiro (The Practice); executive produced by Kelley, Shapiro and Ross Fineman (Lights Out); and directed by David Semel (Madam Secretary). The series will debut next year.
“Billy Bob Thornton, William Hurt and David E. Kelley are world-class talents who have achieved longstanding success in captivating storytelling,” said Roy Price, VP, Amazon Studios.
Trial stars Thornton, Hurt, Thirlby, Bello and Wynter in the ultimate David vs. Goliath battle fought in the 21st century American legal system. The series follows a down-and-out lawyer (Thornton) as he seeks redemption. His one shot depends on getting justice in a legal system where truth has become a commodity, and the scales of justice have never been more heavily weighted toward the rich and powerful.