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Robert DeNiro Takes on James Gandolfini Role on HBO's 'Criminal Justice'


By Tim Molloy

Robert DeNiro is attached to act on the HBO miniseries "Criminal Justice" in a role originally played by "Sopranos" veteran James Gandolfini.

The seven-part miniseries was thrown briefly into limbo by Gandolfini's death. But now it marks DeNiro's entry into television, one of the most notable cases of an A-lister turning his attention to the small screen.

HBO CEO Richard Plepler and president of programming Michael Lombardo said in July that Richard Price and Steven Zaillan were "writing away" on the show as the network decided what to after Gandolfini's death.

"James' passing took the wind out of our sails quite a bit at HBO and so it's taken some time to be able to have conversations with Steve about the future of that," Lombardo said at the time.

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