David E. Kelley’s ‘Trial’ Starring Billy Bob Thornton Series Ordered by Amazon

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Writer/executive producer David E. Kelley teams up with Amazon on Trial, a dramatic series starring Billy Bob Thornton (Fargo), William Hurt, Olivia Thirlby, Maria Bello, and Molly Parker. Amazon has given Kelley an order for the series which will air on Amazon Prime Video next year. Kelley, writer Jonathan Shapiro, and Ross Fineman are executive producing and David Semel is directing.


“Billy Bob Thornton, William Hurt and David E. Kelley are world-class talents who have achieved longstanding success in captivating storytelling,” said Roy Price, Vice President, Amazon Studios. “We are excited to bring this series to our customers next year.”

Trial joins Amazon Original Series’ lineup that includes Transparent, The Man in the High Castle, Red Oaks, Hand of God, Mozart in the Jungle, Catastrophe, and Bosch, all of which are available for free to Amazon Prime members.

The Trial Plot:

Trial stars Thornton, Hurt, Thirlby and Bello 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 weighed toward the rich and powerful.