After being confirmed to have got a pilot order, "L.A. Noir" is now in search for actors. According to Variety, Jon Bernthal, who plays sheriff deputy Shane Walsh in "The Walking Dead", is in early negotiations with TNT to tackle the lead role of L.A. cop Joe Teague in the new drama.
The talks reportedly have barely begun and there's no assurance whether or not a deal would be reached. If the negotiations go well, it would mark Bernthal's reunion with Frank Darabont, who developed the new show shortly after quitting the AMC series.
L.A. Noir" is based on John Buntin's book "L.A. Noir: The Struggle for the Soul of America's Most Seductive City". Set in the '40s and '50s, it chronicles the true story of the conflict between the Los Angeles Police Department and the crimeworld, which is led by mobster and former boxer Mickey Cohen.
"Noir is a passion of mine, so I feel blessed to delve into a project that speaks in the hardboiled vernacular," Darabont said in a statement about the project. "John Buntin's superb book, though non-fiction, is our touchstone and inspiration for the stories we'll be telling, weaving fiction throughout the facts and facts throughout the fiction."