De Niro Takes over Gandolfini Miniseries Role

September 25, 2013 - 7:36 PM

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FILE - In this April 27, 2013 file photo, actor Robert De Niro attends "The King of Comedy" screening in New York. HBO said Wednesday, Sept. 25, that De Niro will replace the late James Gandolfini in the miniseries "Criminal Justice." (Photo by Dario Cantatore/Invision/AP )

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.