Michael Connelly’s Lincoln Lawyer Due March

Bosch fans, rejoice!  Michael Connelly’s series about Harry Bosch’s half-brother Mickey Haller hits theaters March 18.

Lionsgate spared no expense in bringing the best-selling series to the big screen, signing Matthew McConaughey as Haller, the California defense attorney who works from the back of his Lincoln, defending Ryan Phillipe.   Look for Oscar winner Marisa Tomei and Oscar nominee William H. Macy in the legal thriller’s cast.   Country superstar Trace Adkins also joined the cast as did TV favorite Bryan Cranston and Michael Pare.

Mick Haller (Matthew McConaughey, left) and Detective Lankford (Bryan Cranston, right) in THE LINCOLN LAWYER. Photo credit: Saeed Adyani

We’re starting to see images from The Lincoln Lawyer and the cast gives McConaughey a full spectrum of emotions to play against.

One of my favorites is watching Cranston stare lasers through McCounaughey’s infamous smirky grin.  This is Bryan Cranston with Breaking Bad’s intensity, not Malcolm’s dad.

The beauty of taking a well known series like Michael Connelly’s Bosch/Haller books or Vince Flynn’s Mitch Rapp series is that the actors have an entire universe created from the minds of best-selling authors who have sold millions of books.  As we always say, any series can launch just on the inertia of its fan base.

William H. Macy is ‘Frank Levin’ in THE LINCOLN LAWYER. Photo credit: Saeed Adyani

But The Lincoln Lawyer has the possibility of becoming a franchise especially with the acting power this cast brings to Connelly’s characters.   Take a gander at William H. Macy’s gaze as he plays McCoughaney’s investigator.  Don’t you just want to hear Macy zing some one-liners off his boss and their client, played by Ryan Phillippe.

I still think Breach is Ryan’s best performance outside of Gosford Park, and the energy he used with Chris Cooper in that 2007 film is probably only a fraction of what Macy wrings out of him

Right now the release schedule has March 2011 as a heavy science fiction and comedy month.  The Lincoln Lawyer, already a smart, well-told story by a veteran best-selling author, could clean up at the box office with adults who are ready for a legal thriller with a great cast and a smart story.

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