LOS ANGELES -- 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 theatres.
An air date for Criminal Justice hasn't been announced.
-- The Associated Press