Michael Kenneth Williams, Amara Karan, Jeannie Berlin and Glenne Headly have joined the cast of HBO’s eight-hour miniseries Crime (formerly Criminal Justice). The project’s executive producer Steven Zaillian, who helmed the original pilot co-starring the late James Gandolfini, is set to direct multiple episodes, with James Marsh (The Theory Of Everything) tapped to direct one. The New York crime story, a passion project of Gandolfini, centers on Jack Stone — played by John Turturro, who replaced the Sopranos star — an ambulance-chasing New York City attorney who gets in over his head when he takes on the case of Pakistani Nasir Khan (Riz Ahmed), accused of murdering a girl on the Upper West Side.
Williams will play Freddy, the head of a NY gang, controlling his nexus of power within the walls of Rikers Island. Berlin is Helen, a New York DA’s Office lifer assigned to prosecute the Khan case. Headly portrays Alison, a successful attorney specializing in high-profile cases, who comes on board to defend Khan. Karan, repped by Principal Entertainment LA and United Agents in London, plays Chandra, a young attorney involved in attempting to prove Khan’s innocence.
They join previously cast Turturro, Ahmed, Bill Camp, Payman Moaadi and Poorna Jagannathan.