A shuttered show from broadcast television is getting a second chance at Netflix. According to Deadline, the streaming service plans to pick up David E. Kelley’s (The Practice, Big Little Lies) The Lincoln Lawyer for a 10-episode season. The show is set to star Mexico-born actor, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo (6 Underground, The Magnificent Seven).
According to Deadline, the series is based on a collection of novels by Michael Connelly (The Law Of Innocence, The Night Fire). At six total installments, the book series follows Mickey Haller, a Los Angeles-based lawyer who solicits clients from the trunk of his car.
“I’m excited to announce that after a bit of a journey, Mickey Haller will come to life once again on screen — this time in the TV series adaptation of The Lincoln Lawyer coming to Netflix and starring the wonderful and talented Manuel Garcia-Rulfo,” Connelly stated in a blog post via Deadline. The series was originally on course at CBS last season, but the rise of the coronavirus pandemic halted production. CBS opted not to proceed with the legal drama in May which left the show available for purchase by A+E Studios.
According to Deadline, the Haller character had previously been played by Matthew McConaughey in the 2011 film under the same name. While it was being primed at CBS, Logan Marshall-Green (Prometheus, Upgrade) was in the lead role. With Garcia-Rulfo taking the helm, it returns the character to his original Mexican roots.
“Manuel is the ideal Mickey Haller, who is following in the footsteps of his attorney father with the showmanship of his Mexican movie star mother,” Connelly continued via Deadline. “He brings a powerful dynamic and dimension to the role — one that aligns with the books and brings authenticity to the Latinx heritage and roots of this Los Angeles-based story,” Connelly stated via Deadline.
Kelley is set to write and executive produce along with Connelly and showrunner Ted Humphrey (The Triangle, Wisdom of the Crowd) according to Deadline. Ross Fineman (Lights Out, Big Sky) will also serve as an executive producer. The search for a director is currently underway.
According to Deadline, the first season will pull its narrative from the second book in the Haller series, The Brass Verdict. Connelly published the first novel in 2009. The latest addition, The Law of Innocence, was released last November.