‘L.A. Noir’ Set Photos Confirm Simon Pegg’s TV Role
Though we’ve been hearing about the project forever, and marveled at upcoming TNT drama and Frank Darabont period piece ‘L.A. Noir‘s cast, we’ve yet to see anything official. Not only that, but TNT has yet to announce whether or it’ll take the Darabont-helmed show to series as the pilot continues filming, but now new set photos have given us our first look at former ‘Walking Dead‘ star Jon Bernthal, as well as a very famous star guesting in the pilot.
Through various sources, the first set photos from TNT’s upcoming period drama ‘L.A. Noir’ have surfaced today, boasting some impressive talent. The photos include our first look at series led Jon Bernthal (‘The Walking Dead’), as well as the long-rumored appearance of movie star Simon Pegg (‘Star Trek‘) in the show’s pilot episode, playing a “top-secret” role. One photo also shows star Milo Ventimiglia (‘Heroes’), but it’s uncertain if Ventimiglia is actually in costume.
The pilot episode of ‘L.A. Noir,’ written and directed by former ‘The Walking Dead’ show-runner Frank Darabont, revolves around the police force’s pursuit of mobster Mickey Cohen and takes its basis from John Buntin’s book ‘L.A. Noir: The Struggle For The Soul Of America’s Most Seductive City,’ which recounts the story of decades-long conflicts between the LAPD and the city’s criminals.
Pegg joins already established ‘L.A. Noir’ cast members Jon Bernthal as Joe Teague, the LAPD cop at the center of ‘L.A. Noir,’ and ‘Heroes’ alum Milo Ventimiglia as a former marine who served with Bernthal’s character during World War II and now works as a budding lawyer for the mob. Rounding out the high-profile cast is former ‘Justified’ guest star Neal McDonough as LAPD Chief Parker, “a man with a long memory and a ruthless streak when provoked, committed to rooting out corruption in the police department, and equally dedicated to bringing down Mickey Cohen and the mob,” along with Alexa Davalos as Jasmine, a “beauty with a complicated past.”
It was recently announced that ‘Hung’s Thomas Jane would take a role in the series as well, playing mobster Bugsy Siegel, though the character wouldn’t appear in person in the pilot.
Check out the first photos below, and tell us in the comments if you’re interested in seeing ‘L.A. Noir’ picked up to series!