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Robert De Niro to replace James Gandolfini in miniseries

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Robert De Niro to replace James Gandolfini in miniseries
James Gandolfini died of a heart attack at the age of 51 while vacationing with his son in Rome, Italy on June 20, 2013. Gandolfini rose to stardom as the Mafia-boss character Tony Soprano. He is shown in 2002 file photo at the American Park Restaurant in New York. UPI/Laura Cavanaugh/files | License Photo

NEW YORK, Sept. 26 (UPI) -- HBO says its New York-set miniseries "Criminal Justice" will feature Robert De Niro in the lead, following the death of its intended star James Gandolfini.

Gandolfini died of a heart attack during the summer. He was 51.

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The Hollywood Reporter said the late actor will be credited as an executive producer of "Criminal Justice," which he helped develop for the home cable network of his classic drama series "The Sopranos."

The first episode of the adaptation of Peter Moffat's 2008 BBC drama "Criminal Justice" will be directed by Steve Zaillian. The miniseries will follow Jack Stone, an ambulance-chasing attorney who finds himself defending a young man accused of murdering a girl on Manhattan's Upper West Side, the entertainment industry trade newspaper said.

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