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‘L.A. Noir’ Gets ‘Hung’ With Thomas Jane Casting

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It was a curious oddity that we hadn’t heard any news about TNT’s upcoming mobster drama pilot ‘L.A. Noir‘ amidst the flurry of renewals and pickups for the 2012 upfront season, what with all the incredible star power it boasts. Created by former ‘The Walking Dead‘ show-runner Frank Darabont and starring the same series’ Jon Bernthal, guess who’s about to get ‘Hung’ up on ‘L.A. Noir?’

Though the series has yet to be officially picked up by TNT, The Hollywood Reporter says that former ‘Hung’ star Thomas Jane will take a role on Frank Darabont’s forthcoming period drama ‘L.A. Noir.’  Jane will play mobster Bugsy Siegel, though the character wouldn’t appear in person in the pilot, considering it wrapped up shooting this past weekend.

The pilot written and directed by Darabont, ‘L.A. Noir’ 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.

Jane 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.”

As recently reported, UK movie star Simon Pegg may take a top-secret role in the pilot episode as well.  Darabont will also serve as executive producer on the series, following his well-publicized exit from AMC’s ‘The Walking Dead.’

What say you?  Is ‘L.A. Noir’ putting too much weight on the Titanic, considering the pilot has yet to be picked up to series?  Which star are you most interested to see in period?  Sound off the comments below!

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