The Lincoln Lawyer: Release Date, Cast, And More

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Back in 2011, Matthew McConaughey starred in a moderately successful film adaptation of "The Lincoln Lawyer," with Lionsgate intending to spark a franchise of films based on Michael Connelly's series of novels. Unfortunately, those plans never quite came to fruition, but the silver lining is that it allowed award-winning television creative David E. Kelley the chance to turn the story into a brand new series. "I'm thrilled to call Netflix our home," Connelly said in a blog post for Netflix. "And I'm excited to bring this rich, multilayered story filled with intriguing characters and mysteries to solve to millions of viewers — both old and new fans — around the world." 

Without the time constraints of a feature film, the rich and complex world of Connelly's stories will finally be able to be fully explored on screen. Here's everything you need to know about "The Lincoln Lawyer" before it debuts next month.

The Lincoln Lawyer release date and where you can watch it

All 10 episodes of "The Lincoln Lawyer" will be available to stream on Netflix on May 13, 2022. The show is a long time coming, as CBS executive Tom Sherman first announced the series all the way back in 2019. The network was originally looking at a 2020-2021 release, but the pandemic obviously forced a lot of restructuring throughout the industry, and they eventually passed on the pilot, which Netflix picked up.

What The Lincoln Lawyer is about

Based on Michael Connelly's series of novels of the same name, "The Lincoln Lawyer" showcases the work of Los Angeles defense attorney Mickey Haller, who conducts his business out of a Lincoln Town Car steered by a chauffeur in lieu of an office. The show's official logline describes Haller as "an iconoclastic idealist," tackling cases of all sizes across Los Angeles. The first season of "The Lincoln Lawyer" will focus on Connelly's book "The Brass Verdict," the canonical second appearance of Haller in the book series. While it's expected that the series will take creative liberties, the story of "The Brass Verdict" centers on the aftermath of the murder of Hollywood lawyer Jerry Vincent. Heller inherits Vincent's caseload, throwing him his biggest caset yet–defending the high-profile studio executive Walter Elliott who is accused of murdering his wife and her lover. Based on the IMDb cast listing for the show, it looks like "Walter" may now be "Trevor," but we'll see if that's accurate.

The Lincoln Lawyer cast

In addition to the lead performance from Manuel Garcia-Rulfo ("Sweet Girl," "The Magnificent Seven," "Goliath"), "The Lincoln Lawyer" also stars Neve Campbell (The "Scream" franchise, "House of Cards"), Becki Newton ("Ugly Betty," "How I Met Your Mother," "Weird Loner"), Jazz Raycole ("The Soul Man," "The Quad," "Council of Dads"), Angus Sampson ("Insidious," "Fargo," "Mad Max: Fury Road"), Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine ("Farewell Armor," "The Knick," "The Chi"), Christopher Gorham ("Popular," "Ugly Betty," "Covert Affairs"), Michael Graziadei ("The Young and the Restless," "Good Girls Revolt," "True Detective"), Jamie McShane ("SEAL Team," "CSI: Vegas," "Wednesday"), and newcomer Krista Warner.

The creative team behind The Lincoln Lawyer

"The Lincoln Lawyer" series adaptation comes from executive producer and writer David E. Kelley ("Big Little Lies," "Nine Perfect Strangers," "Ally McBeal") with Ted Humphrey ("The Good Wife," "Wisdom of the Crowd") serving as showrunner. The duo are also executive producing alongside Michael Connelly and Ross Fineman.