JULIETTE LEWIS AND CALLUM KEITH RENNIE TAPPED FOR EONE'S NEW LEGAL DRAMA "THE FIRM," BASED ON THE FEATURE FILM AND BESTSELLER BY WORLD-RENOWNED NOVELIST JOHN GRISHAM
David Straiton ("House," "Fringe") to Direct the Pilot
Helen Shaver ("Judging Amy," "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit") Joins as Producer/ Director
Production Starts in Toronto this August
'The Firm' Set to Premiere on NBC, Global and AXN in Mid-season
UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif./TORONTO - July 12, 2011 -- Entertainment One (eOne), Sony Pictures Television Networks, NBC and Global are proud to announce that Juliette Lewis ("Natural Born Killers," "Cape Fear") and Callum Keith Rennie ("The Killing," "Californication") are signed on to star in the new legal drama series "The Firm," based on John Grisham's best-selling novel and executive-produced by Grisham and Lukas Reiter. Lewis and Rennie join Josh Lucas ("The Lincoln Lawyer," "Sweet Home Alabama") who was previously announced to star as attorney Mitchell McDeere (the role originated by Tom Cruise in the film). David Straiton ("House," "Fringe") is confirmed to direct the pilot episode which will commence production in Toronto this August. Helen Shaver ("Judging Amy," NBC's "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit") has also joined the series as a producer and will direct multiple episodes.
Lewis, am Oscar, Golden Globe and Emmy Award nominated actress, will play Tammy, Mitch's feisty, sexy receptionist, whose work life is made all the more tumultuous by her on-again, off-again relationship with Mitch's brother, Ray. With a personality as arresting as her ever-changing hair color, Tammy is leery when Mitch accepts a deal to partner with a top law practice, as she's not cut out for the conservative culture of a white shoe firm. Rennie is tapped to play Ray McDeere, Mitch's charming yet volatile older brother whose work as an investigator in Mitch's office is uniquely informed by his past stretch in prison for manslaughter. Despite a "highly un-ambitious" nature that stands in stark contrast to his Harvard-grad brother, Ray shares one key quality with Mitch: a loyalty that is unbreakable.
Based on the blockbuster feature film and the best-selling novel of 1991 by world-renowned author Grisham ("The Pelican Brief," "The Client"), "The Firm" continues the story of attorney Mitchell McDeere (Lucas) who, as a young associate, brought down the prestigious Memphis law firm of Bendini, Lambert & Locke, which operated as a front for the Chicago mob. After a difficult decade, McDeere and his family now emerge from isolation to reclaim their lives and their future -- only to find that past dangers are still lurking and new threats are everywhere.
"The Firm" is produced by Entertainment One in association with Sony Pictures Television Networks and Paramount Pictures. The executive producers are Grisham, Lukas Reiter ("Law & Order," "Boston Legal"), John Morayniss ("Haven," "Hung"), Michael Rosenberg ("Hung," "The Riches") and Noreen Halpern ("Rookie Blue," "Call Me Fitz").
The series will be broadcast on AXN networks in more than 125 territories or countries around the globe. eOne Television will retain basic and pay television, broadcast television and digital/DVD rights for the show outside of AXN markets and handle distribution of the series worldwide, including the U.S. and Canada.
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