Congratulations, Americans stans (but not The Americans' Stan): Matthew Rhys will continue playing a hot American man, this time for HBO, as the actor has signed on to play the iconic title character in the upcoming Perry Mason series.
As Deadline reports, HBO's Perry Mason is a limited series from Robert Downey Jr.'s production outfit, Team Downey, and will be an origin story about the unconventional trial attorney. Set in Los Angeles in 1932, the series follows Hot Young Perry Mason Who Fucks before he became Raymond Burr and later Andy Griffith. At this point in Perry's life, he's living paycheck-to-paycheck and working as a "low-rent private investigator" who "is haunted by his wartime experiences in France and is suffering the effects of a broken marriage" – you know, like most white men in prestige dramas. Everything changes when a huge kidnapping case lands in Perry's lap, offering a chance to make a name for himself.
Robert Downey Jr. was previously attached to play Perry Mason in a 2016 version of the series, with Nic Pizzolatto writing the script. The Matthew Rhys version comes from screenwriters Rolin Jones and Ron Fitzgerald, who will also executive produce what's being billed as a "reimagining" of the character created by Erle Stanley Gardner. No word yet on the wig situation, but given that this version of Perry Mason is a PI, I have to imagine he'll need at least one or two disguises. And if not, this show is dead to me.