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Robert De Niro to be replaced by John Turturro on 'Criminal Justice'

The actor reportedly dropped the series over scheduling conflicts.

By Veronica Linares
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Robert De Niro to be replaced by John Turturro on 'Criminal Justice'
Robert De Niro will be replaced by John Turturro in the upcoming HBO mini series "Criminal Justice." UPI/John Angelillo | License Photo

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 15 (UPI) -- Robert De Niro has pulled out from HBO's upcoming mini-series Criminal Justice and John Turtorro will take his place.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, De Niro, 71, dropped the seven-hour mini series over scheduling conflicts. The actor first signed on to the series as a replacement for the late James Gandolfini.

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Criminal Justice is an adaptation of a BBC series of the same name. The show will follow an "ambulance chasing lawyer" (Turtorro) who is defending a man accused of killing a young woman in NYC's Upper West Side.

The series will be produced by HBO in association with the BBC and will also star Riz Ahmed, Bill Camp, Peyman Moaadi and Poorna Jagannathan.

Turtorro is best known for his roles in Brother, Where Art Thou?, The Big Lebowski and Fading Gigolo.

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