John Grisham’s The Rainmaker Gets Series Order at USA Network — Who Should Fill the Matt Damon Role?

Yes, you read that headline right — USA Network has ordered to series a scripted drama. (We had to double-check it ourselves. USA Network!)

TVLine has learned that the basic cabler once regarded as the home to “blue sky” television has given a straight-to-series order to an adaptation of the 1995 John Grisham novel The Rainmaker and the 1997 film of the same name.

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Michael Seitzman (Code Black) and Jason Richman (Stumptown) co-wrote the series’ pilot and will serve as executive producers alongside Grisham, David Gernert and Jason Blum.

In The Rainmaker, Rudy Baylor, fresh out of law school, “goes head-to-head with courtroom lion Leo Drummond” (as well as his law school girlfriend). Along the way, Rudy, his boss and a disheveled paralegal uncover two connected conspiracies surrounding the mysterious death of their client’s son.

The Rainmaker previously was adapted as the aforementioned film written and directed by Francis Ford Coppola and starring Matt Damon (as Rudy) and Danny DeVito (as paralegal Deck). Mickey Rourke played Rudy’s boss, J. Lyman “Bruiser” Stone, and Jon Voight played courtroom adversary Leo F. Drummond. Mary Kay Place played Rudy’s client, Margarine “Dot” Black.

Who are your “armchair casting director” picks to succeed Damon, DeVito, Rourke (note, it appears that character is now female) and Voight? Weigh in below!

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