Newswire: William Hurt will be on Trial with Billy Bob Thornton

William Hurt’s work with robots on Humans wrapped up earlier this month, so he’s got a little time on his hands to interact with slightly more loving individuals—lawyers. Deadline reports Hurt has joined Amazon Studios’ Trial as part of a cast that already includes Billy Bob Thornton and Olivia Thirlby. Legal drama aficionado David E. Kelley will team up once more with Jonathan Shapiro (The Practice, Boston Legal) to produce and co-write the pilot.

Trial stars Thornton as attorney Billy McBride, who goes from spending the corner office at his own firm to setting up residence on a bar stool. The once-respectable lawyer is now only on retainer to his ex-wife, who sends him the occasional case. His career is seemingly revived when a young attorney (who we assume will be played by Thirlby) asks for his help on a wrongful death case.

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