Matthew McConaughey Defends A Shady Ryan Phillippe In 'The Lincoln Lawyer' Trailer

There's nothing quite like a little bit of legal drama to start your work week off right, is there? Certainly, when you've got actors like Matthew McConaughey and Marisa Tomei at the helm, there's plenty of room to launch into Monday with a star-studded legal affair like "The Lincoln Lawyer."

Yahoo Movies posted the first official trailer for "The Lincoln Lawyer" over the weekend, showcasing McConaughey's latest turn as a lawyer thrust into a hairy legal battle filled with murder and deception. Based on a novel from crime writer Michael Connelly, director Brad Furman's adaptation of "The Lincoln Lawyer" arrives in theaters on March 18, 2011.

"The Lincoln Lawyer" focuses on Mickey Haller, a criminal defense attorney who works in and around Los Angeles using a Lincoln Town Car as his mobile office. Haller's clients aren't exactly the cream of the crop, many of them gangsters and drug dealers — or, as seen in the opening moments of the freshly released trailer, a gang of bikers that wouldn't look out of place on "Sons of Anarchy."

But Haller goes down a deeper rabbit hole when he takes on the case of embattled realtor Louis Roulet, who has been accused of assault and attempted murder. Though Roulet appears innocent at first, Haller begins noticing some holes in his client's story, leading him to reassess not just Roulet's case, but the case of a former client who is currently languishing in prison.

McConaughey stars as Haller, Tomei as his ex-wife and prosecutor Margaret McPherson, and Ryan Phillippe as Roulet, with a slew of other actors in the fray including John Leguizamo, William H. Macy and Michael Pena.

Playing a lawyer is familiar territory for McConaughey, who shot to stardom with a moving and charismatic turn as a young attorney defending a black man (Samuel L. Jackson) accused of murder in the Deep South in the adaptation of John Grisham's "A Time to Kill."

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