HBO has released a new trailer for its Perry Mason reboot. The famed lawyer is being brought back to life for modern audiences, this time with Matthew Rhys (The Americans, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood) in the leading role. Roberty Downey Jr. also serves as a key producer, which makes it a rather high-profile project for the network. This latest trailer offers our best look yet at the period drama.
The Perry Mason trailer kicks off with our main character sleuthing around before being hired for a new job. We get a glimpse of the crime at hand, which he is tasked to investigate. Things get twisty and complicated, as one might suspect with this sort of thing. There is some attempted humor, mostly of the pitch-black variety, as Mason goes about his work. We also get a look at the elaborate recreation of 1930s Los Angeles, which serves as the backdrop for the reboot. This provides us with a far better look at the show, overall, than the previous teaser did. There are certainly some True Detective vibes going on here.
In addition to his starring role, Matthew Rhys is also set to serve as a producer on the series. The cast also includes Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black), who will play Sister Alice, the leader of the Radiant Assembly of God. John Lithgow (Bombshell) is on board as Elias Birchard "E.B." Jonathan, a personal attorney who is a semi-regular employer of Mr. Mason. Chris Chalk, Shea Whigham, Juliet Rylance, Nate Corddry, Veronica Falcon, Jefferson Mays, Gayle Rankin, Lili Taylor, Andrew Howard, Robert Patrick and Stephen Root round out the ensemble.
Perry Mason is set in 1932 Los Angeles. The series will reveal the origin story of famed defense lawyer Perry Mason. Living check-to-check as a low-rent private investigator, Mason is haunted by his experiences during the war in France while also suffering from a broken marriage. The city is booming while the rest of the country struggles to recover from the Great Depression. A kidnapping gone very wrong leads to Mason to expose a fractured city as he uncovers the truth of the crime. The show is based on characters from Erle Stanley Gardner's novels. The character has also been the subject of several movies, as well as a CBS series that ran from 1957 to 1966.
Tim Van Patten is set to direct and executive produce the show. Patten previously helmed the pilot for Game of Thrones, as well as episodes of The Sopranos, Boardwalk Empire, Sex and the City, The Wire, The Pacific, Rome and Deadwood. Ron Fitzgerald and Rolin Jones are serving as co-showrunners. Their previous credits include Weeds and Friday Night Lights. Fitzgerald has also executive-produced Westworld and Jones executive produced Boardwalk Empire. Amanda Burrell, Susan Downey and Joe Horacek also serve as executive producers. Perry Mason debuts June 21 on HBO. Be sure to check out the new trailer for yourself.