Heroes alum Milo Ventimiglia has landed a lead role in L.A. Noir, the TNT pilot from ousted Walking Dead showrunner Frank Darabont, Deadline reports. He's expected to join Walking Dead star Jon Bernthal, who's so far refused to confirm his casting.
Based on John Buntin’s acclaimed 2009 book L.A. Noir: The Struggle for the Soul of America’s Most Seductive City, the period crime drama centers on Joe Teague, a fictional cop caught in “the moral gray zone” between police chief William Parker and mobster Mickey Cohen, two very real figures who fought for control of the city in the 1940s and ’50s.
Ventimiglia will play Ned Stax, a former marine who served with Teague (Bernthal) in World War II who's now a lawyer groomed to be a fixer for the mob.
Darabont will write and direct the pilot, which is set to begin filming in April in Los Angeles.