LOS ANGELES (AP) -- HBO says Robert De Niro will step into a project that was thrown into question by the death of James Gandolfini.
HBO said Wednesday that De Niro is taking on the role of a New York City attorney handling a murder case in the miniseries "Criminal Justice."
Gandolfini had played the attorney in the pilot episode. The star of "The Sopranos" died in June at age 51 after suffering a heart attack.
"Criminal Justice" was one of Gandolfini's last projects. Another is the film "Enough Said," which is now in theaters.
An air date for "Criminal Justice" hasn't been announced.
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