Currently seen on our screens as Detroit mobster Robert Quarles on Justified, actor Neal McDonough is about to change his allegiance.
McDonough has just been cast as 1940s Los Angeles police chief William Parker in L.A. Noir, a new cops and gangsters TNT pilot that Frank Darabont is spearheading.
Since he was forced off The Walking Dead show he originally pitched to AMC, Darabont has made it known he wants to stay within the realm of TV rather than the feature films that made his career (The Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile, The Mist) and quickly setup the adaptation of John Buntin’s “L.A. Noir: The Struggle For The Soul Of America’s Most Seductive City.”
He is also in the process of stealing an actor he brought to The Walking Dead with Jon Bernthal in talks to star in the project alongside Heroes actor Milo Ventimiglia. They will lead as two former World War II veterans who must try and adjust to life in 1940s Los Angeles. This is the same playground that most of the classic film noirs played in. Bernthal would play a mob lawyer.
Yet to be cast in the project is an actor to portray crime kingpin Mickey Cohen, the famous figure who has already been portrayed to an Oscar nominated screen performance by Harvey Keitel in Bugsy and is also the subject of a film that Warner Bros are trying to figure out the kinks of.
We also imagine Darabont will find a place for Jeffrey DeMunn who has followed the director in everything Darabont has made since The Shawshank Redemption.
Darabont helming an LA Confidential like t.v. series has many of us around the What Culture water cooler very excited and with every new casting our anticipation levels grow higher.