Robert Downey Jr Will Channel Raymond Burr for ‘Perry Mason’ Movie

By  · Published on October 6th, 2011

It’s no coincidence that I was just discussing the growing trend of hardboiled crime and neo-noir with mystery writing icon Max Allan Collins. It’s a movement that has infiltrated novels (even more so than in years past), and it’s working its way into the world of film. The next brick in that wall, according to Variety, is being placed by Warner Bros. and Robert Downey Jr.

They will be teaming up to bring the skinny tie of Perry Mason back to the world.

The character was a massive success in the book series written by Erle Stanley Gardner, but Raymond Burr truly popularized the clever 1930s defense lawyer in the television show that ran from 1957–1966 and continued its life with Burr in the lead with television movies well into the 90s.

It’s an iconic figure – so it’s no wonder that a studio would want to capitalize on the name recognition – and Downey Jr. is a strong choice to play the dashing attorney who always gets his man. If he plays his cards right, Downey Jr. could keep playing the character until he’s fat and gray-bearded.

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