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William Hurt to Co-Star Opposite Billy Bob Thornton in Amazon’s ‘Trial’ (EXCLUSIVE)

William Hurt will co-star opposite Billy Bob Thornton in the Amazon Studios series “Trial” from David E. Kelley, Variety has learned exclusively.

Trial” follows Billy McBride (Thornton), a once-respectable lawyer who was ousted from the high-profile firm he co-founded. Billy now spends his days getting drunk, with the occasional case tossed his way by his ex-wife. His professional life is turned upside down when a young lawyer, who has just been fired from his old firm, brings a wrongful death case that pits him against the head of his former firm, Attorney Donald Cooper, played by Hurt.

Hurt joins Olivia Thirlby, who was just cast in the legal drama from Kelley, creator of “The Practice,” “Boston Legal” and “Ally McBeal.”

Previously announced, Thirlby is playing Lucy Kittridge, a whip-smart, high-powered attorney who’s brilliant, but not as seasoned as she pretends to be.

Kelley co-wrote the pilot with Jonathan Shapiro, who was a producer on “The Practice” and “Boston Legal.” Both Kelley and Shapiro will exec produce “Trial.”

“Trial,” expected to get a 10-episode order, will mark Amazon’s first-ever straight-to-series order, as the streaming service usually allows audiences to view pilots and provide feedback on which projects should be picked up.

Hurt is repped by ICM.

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