In a press release yesterday, Lionsgate announced the studio has acquired the US distribution rights to the film adaptation of the legal thriller The Lincoln Lawyer by Michael Connelly from Lakeshore Entertainment, who secured the rights to the novel prior to its publication in 2005.
Matthew McConaughey will star as criminal defense attorney Mickey Haller, who, as the title suggests, operates out of his Lincoln Town Car. Marisa Tomei co-stars. The supporting cast includes Ryan Phillippe, William H. Macy, John Leguizamo, Michael Pena, Trace Adkins, and Katherine Moennig. Production is scheduled to begin this summer in Los Angeles.
About The Lincoln Lawyer (from the publisher): Mickey Haller is a Lincoln Lawyer, a criminal defense attorney who operates out of the backseat of his Lincoln Town Car, traveling between the far-flung courthouses of Los Angeles to defend clients of every kind. Bikers, con artists, drunk drivers, drug dealers -- they're all on Mickey Haller's client list. For him, the law is rarely about guilt or innocence, it's about negotiation and manipulation. Sometimes it's even about justice.
A Beverly Hills playboy arrested for attacking a woman he picked up in a bar chooses Haller to defend him, and Mickey has his first high-paying client in years. It is a defense attorney's dream, what they call a franchise case. And as the evidence stacks up, Haller comes to believe this may be the easiest case of his career. Then someone close to him is murdered and Haller discovers that his search for innocence has brought him face-to-face with evil as pure as a flame. To escape without being burned, he must deploy every tactic, feint, and instinct in his arsenal -- this time to save his own life.
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