Billy Bob Thornton To Star In New Amazon Drama
Following Billy Bob Thornton’s much-acclaimed turn in Fargo, he will return to the small screen for David E. Kelley’s new drama The Trial for Amazon.
Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that it is likely the series will be picked up without need for the pilot season now that the Emmy-nominated Thornton is in the fold.
The Trial will star Thornton as Billy McBride, a washed up former lawyer who was ousted from the law firm he once founded. However, when a young lawyer comes to him with a murder case that will pit him against his former legal firm, McBride is reenergised once more.The Trial will be penned by David E. Kelly and Jonathan Shapiro.
The role comes after Thornton’s much-talked-about performance in the television re-imagination of classic film Fargo, where he appeared as the sociopaths Lorne Malvo – a man who leaves destruction in his wake. Thornton has also recently appeared in a guest role on sitcom The Big Bang Theory, in which he played a man who was very unlucky with women.