Now that this week’s episode of The Walking Dead has aired, The Live Feed reports TNT has announced without equivocation that star Jon Bernthal has been cast in L.A. Noir, the period drama pilot that reunites him with ousted showrunner Frank Darabont.
Based on John Buntin’s acclaimed 2009 book L.A. Noir: The Struggle for the Soul of America’s Most Seductive City, the project chronicles the true-life battle between former police chief William Parker and mobster Mickey Cohen for control of Los Angeles in the 1940s and ’50s. The network describes the series as a fast-paced crime drama set in “a world of glamorous movie stars, powerful studio heads, returning war heroes, a powerful and corrupt police force and an even more dangerous criminal network determined to make L.A. its West Coast base.”
Bernthal, who was rumored in January to be in talks for the lead role, sparking a new round of speculation about his character’s fate on The Walking Dead, will play Joe Teague, a fictional cop caught in “the moral gray zone” between Parker and Cohen. He’ll be joined by Heroes alum Milo Ventimiglia and Justified actor Neal McDonough.
Darabont will direct the pilot, which is set to begin filming next month in Los Angeles.