'Perry Mason': Release date, plot, cast and all you need to know about HBO's miniseries starring Matthew Rhys

'Perry Mason': Release date, plot, cast and all you need to know about HBO's miniseries starring Matthew Rhys

A miniseries based on the popular series, Perry Mason, authored by Erle Stanley Gardner was announced by HBO in 2016. The show received an order for production from HBO in January 2019. Perry Mason will see Rolin Jones, Ron Fitzgerald,  Susan Downey and Amanda Burrell serve as additional executive producers while actor Matthew Rhys served as the producer. 

Release date

'Perry Mason' will release on Sunday, June 21 at 9 pm on HBO.


The show will be set in the 1930s, in Los Angeles, where criminal defense attorney, Perry Mason, finds himself at the helm of what could possibly be the case of the decade -- a child kidnapping gone wrong.

As Mason investigates, and researches more about the specifics of the case, he finds that by finding the truth he may be able to redeem himself, his past errors and wayward ways. The theme of the miniseries is something readers of the Perry Mason stories would be familiar with, and it would be interesting to watch this adapted as a miniseries. 



Matthew Rhys as Perry Mason

Matthew Rhys poses in the press room during the 70th Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 17, 2018, in Los Angeles, California.

Actor Matthew Rhys who also serves as the producer of the show will be playing the titular role. After Robert Downey Jr., who happens to be one of the producers of the show, backed out of playing the role, Rhys was cast for the same.


The announcement was made January 14. Perry Mason is a criminal defense lawyer who is sharp, observant and beyond everything, he trusts his instincts to find ways to represent his clients. 

Chris Chalk as Paul Drake

Actor Chris Chalk plays the role of detective Paul Drake, who is also featured in the books as Mason's right-hand man. In the books, he is described as tall and slouching, a nondescript man who frequently wears the expression of droll humor. 


Juliet Rylance as Della Street

Actor Juliet Rylance plays the role of Mason's secretary Della Street in the show. She is also one of the characters originally featured in the books. In the first of the many 'Perry Mason' books, Della is described as a woman who came from a well-to-do family, whose wealth was wiped out due to the stock market crash in 1929.  


Other cast members include Tatiana Maslany as Sister Alice, John Lithgow as Elias Birchard 'E.B.' Jonathan, Shea Whigham as Pete Strickland, Nate Corddry as Matthew Dodson, Veronica Falcon as Lupe, Jefferson Mays as Virgil, Gayle Rankin as Emily Dodson, Lili Taylor as Birdy McKeegan, Andrew Howard as Detective Ennis, Eric Lange as Detective Holcomb, Robert Patrick as Herman Baggerly and Stephen Root as Maynard Barnes



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