Amazon managed to snag Billy Bob Thornton to play the lead character in its upcoming original series The Trial, reports Variety.The show, created by David E. Kelley, follows the story of Billy McBride (played by Thornton), a lawyer who co-founds a high-profile law firm, only to be ousted from it. Despondent at his unfortunate turn of events, he begins to drink heavily. At least his ex-wife – presumably a reason for the ousting from the company in the first place – throws him a bone of a case every now and then to keep his mind, er, fresh. But things start to look up for McBride when a young, clearly angry, lawyer from his former firm gets fired, and approaches him to help with a wrongful death case. The clincher? McBride will be fighting against the new head of his old firm. Oh, sweet revenge.Related: Full trailer for Fargo season 2 teases snowballing crime problemsInterestingly, it was Kevin Costner who was originally pegged for the role, but passed on it, opening the door for Thornton. Perhaps Costner, an A-list Hollywood movie actor whose only real major venture into TV was the miniseries Hatfields & McCoys, felt more comfortable on the big… Read full this story
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