TNT Greenlights New Drama Series ‘LA Noir’

Back in January, we reported that TNT had ordered the drama pilot L.A. Noir to be filmed; and now comes news that the cabler has decided to greenlight the pilot, which as of right now is untitled, as a six-episode series.

This new series is based on the critically acclaimed book “L.A. Noir: The Struggle for the Soul of America’s Most Seductive City” by John Buntin, which chronicles the epic battle between Los Angeles Police Chief William Parker and mobster Mickey Cohen.

The period piece drama will star Jon Bernthal (‘The Walking Dead’) as Joe Teague, an ex-Marine now working as an LAPD cop in an era rampant with police corruption. Jeffrey DeMunn (‘The Shawshank Redemption’) will play Det. Hal Morrison, who heads up the LAPD’s new mob squad, with Jeremy Strong (‘Lincoln’) as Det. Mike Hendry, Morrison’s second in command. Neal McDonough (‘Justified’) is Capt. William Parker, Teague’s boss who is determined to weed out corruption and bring down Mickey Cohen. Milo Ventimiglia (‘Heroes’) will play Ned Stax, who fought alongside Teague during World War II, but who now works as a lawyer with connections to the mob.

Among other cast members are Ron Rifkin (‘Alias’), Pihla Viitala (‘Tears of April’) and Alexa Davalos (‘Clash of the Titans’) as well as actor-comedian Simon Pegg (‘Star Trek’), who will appear in the pilot episode.

Frank Darabont (‘The Walking Dead’), Michael De Luca (‘Moneyball’) and Elliot Webb (‘Tall Time Tales’) will be executive producers of the series. Darabont wrote and directed the pilot.

An official airdate has yet to be announced by TNT, though.