Tatiana Maslany will not be returning for HBO’s Perry Mason Season 2
According to TVLine, Emmy-winning actress Tatiana Maslany will no longer be reprising her role as Sister Alice in the upcoming second season of HBO’s drama series Perry Mason. HBO has also confirmed the reason for Maslany’s departure, revealing that her character’s “arc came to an end as planned in the Season 1 finale.”
Maslany’s exit also comes on the heels of officially signing on for the lead role in Marvel Studios’ She-Hulk series, which may have also affected her schedule for Perry Mason. Production on the Disney+ series is expected to start soon.
Based on Erle Stanley Gardner’s series of novels, the new Perry Mason is set in 1932 Los Angeles. While the rest of the country recovers from the Great Depression, this city is booming! Oil! Olympic Games! Talking Pictures! Evangelical Fervor! And a child kidnapping gone very, very wrong! This series follows the origins of American Fiction’s most legendary criminal defense lawyer, Perry Mason (Rhys). When the case of the decade breaks down his door, Mason’s relentless pursuit of the truth reveals a fractured city and just maybe, a pathway to redemption for himself.
The series is led by Emmy winner Matthew Rhys and John Lithgow along with Chris Chalk, Shea Whigham, Nate Corddry, Veronica Falcon, Jefferson Mays, Gayle Rankin and Lili Taylor.
Perry Mason is directed and executive produced by Tim Van Patten, who has worked on many popular HBO series such as Game of Thrones, The Sopranos, Sex and the City, and Deadwood. It is created by showrunners Rolin Jones and Ron Fritzgerald. Robert Downey Jr. and Susan Downey developed the project and both executive produce through their Team Downey banner. Jones and Fritzgerald are also executive producers along with Team Downey’s Amanda Burrell, and Joe Horaceck. Rhys also produces with Aida Rodgers serving as co-executive producer.
The adventures of Perry Mason have been adapted a number of times in various mediums, with the character having been the subject of radio plays, films, television movies, and perhaps most notably a television series for CBS called Perry Mason that ran from 1957 to 1966.