Oct 18, 2012 10:43 AM EST
TNT Greenlights Frank Darabont's Period Drama LA Noir
"L.A. Noir: The Struggle For The Soul Of America's Most Seductive City", the book written by John Buntin, will be adapted into a series for TNT. The order was given for 6 episodes.
Frank Darabont directed and wrote the pilot episode, and is also executive producing the series with Michael De Luca and Elliot Webb for in-house TNT Originals. Michael Wright, TNT's head of programming, said, "This series is an intense, exciting drama that takes viewers back to a truly fascinating time in the history of Los Angeles. Frank Darabont, Michael De Luca and Elliott Webb have delivered an outstanding opening episode that evokes the time and place in stunning detail."
The story revolves around the battle between Los Angeles Police Chief William Parker and mobster Mickey Cohen, a one-time boxer who rose to the top of LA.s criminal world.
The series will star Jon Bernthal as Joe Teague, an ex-Marine who works as an LAPD cop in an era rampant with police corruption; Jeffrey DeMunn plays Detective Hal Morrison, the head of LAPD's new mob squad, with Jeremy Strong as Detective Mike Hendry, Morrison's second in command; Neal McDonough plays Capt. William Parker, Teague's boss who is bent on weeding out corruption and bringing down Cohen; Milo Ventimiglia plays Ned Stax, who fought alongside Teague during World War II but is now a lawyer with connections to the mob. The series also co-stars Ron Rifkin playing Los Angeles Mayor Fletcher Bowron, who is determined to clean up corruption in city government; Pihla Viitala as Anya, head bartender at Bunny's on Central Avenue, the West Coast center of the black jazz scene; and Alexa Davalos as Jasmine, a woman whose past has come back to haunt her.
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