One of the stars of ‘The Walking Dead’ (who is not dead – yet) is in talks to join ousted producer Frank Darabont in his upcoming TNT pilot L.A. Noir.
In an interesting turn of events, The Walking Dead’s Jon Bernthal is in talks to star in Frank Darabont’s period drama pilot L.A. Noir for TNT, despite still being alive on the series – for the time being.
Citing sources close to the situation, Variety is reporting that discussions between TNT and Bernthal have “barely begun” and that there’s “no certainty” that they’ll be able to come to an agreement. That being said, Frank Darabont did personally cast The Walking Dead, and it’s a fair to assume that Darabont would enjoy reuniting with Bernthal as he attempts to once-again take over the television world.
If cast, Bernthal would play Joe Teague, the main character of the series, who must fight through corruption in the LAPD during the ’40s and ’50s, in order to bring down famed mobster Mickey Cohen. Bernthal currently plays Shane Walsh on The Walking Dead season 2, a character that died early on in the comic books.
While Shane is still alive in the television series, this news certainly points to his potential death when the series returns in February. That being said, there’s one thing that L.A. Noir has that Pan Am and The Playboy Club didn’t… and that’s Frank Darabont. If Darabont can transition zombies into an earnest television drama, turning the clock back 50-60 years should be a walk in the park.
Expect to hear more about L.A. Noir this May.