The Americans' Matthew Rhys to Star in HBO Limited Series

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Matthew Rhys is headed to the world of premium cable TV for his next role. 

The Americans actor has signed on to appear as defense lawyer Perry Mason in a potential limited series at HBO. 

The project is being produced by Robert Downey Jr., who will next be seen in Avengers: Endgame which is slated to release in theaters this April. 

Matthew Rhys Attends CinemaCon.

There's no word yet on whether Downey Jr. will appear on the series. 

Other casting details are scarce at this stage, but there are already some details about the plot. 

Here's the official logline:

1932, Los Angeles. While the rest of the country recovers from the Great Depression, this city is booming! Oil! Olympic Games! Talking Pictures! Evangelical Fervor! And a child kidnapping gone very, very wrong!

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Based on characters created by Erle Stanley Gardner, this limited series follows the origins of American Fiction’s most legendary criminal defense lawyer, Perry Mason.

When the case of the decade breaks down his door, Mason’s relentless pursuit of the truth reveals a fractured city and just maybe, a pathway to redemption for himself.

Matthew Rhys Attends The Americans Premiere

Rhys is coming off an award-winning, six-season stint on The Americans. In fact, Rhys won the best actor in a drama series at the 2019 Critics' Choice Awards just last night. 

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He also recently won the Emmy Award for best actor in a drama series for the show's final season. 

Aside from The Americans, Rhys was also a fan-favorite on ABC's Brothers and Sisters between 2006-2011. 

More recently, he starred on miniseries, Death and Nightingales. 

Matthew Rhys Attends FX Event

Rolin Jones and Ron Fitzgerald will write the series and serve as co-showrunners.

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Does the show sound like something you would watch?

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Paul Dailly is the Associate Editor for TV Fanatic. Follow him on Twitter.

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