Frank Darabont’s L.A. NOIR Pilot to Star Milo Ventimiglia and THE WALKING DEAD Cast Member

     February 21, 2012


Milo Ventimiglia (Heroes) is making the jump from network to cable television in Frank Darabont’s (The Walking Dead) TNT drama pilot, L.A. Noir. Set in the 1940s and 50s, L.A. Noir is billed as a fast-paced crime drama based on the book, “L.A. Noir: The Struggle for the Soul of America’s Most Seductive City” by author, John Buntin. Darabont will write, direct and produce L.A. Noir and will reunite with a cast member from AMC’s hit series, The Walking Dead. Hit the jump to see more on L.A. Noir and just who may be leaving The Walking Dead. We’ll warn you before any potential spoilers.

Deadline (link also contains the spoiler) reported la-noiron Ventimiglia’s addition to L.A. Noir, which is based on the true story of conflict between the LAPD and the criminal element. The main combatants are Police Chief William Parker and mob boss Mickey Cohen, a former boxer who rose through the ranks of the underworld. Ventimiglia is set to play Ned Stax, a former marine who served with Joe Teague during WWII and is now a young lawyer working as a “fixer” for the mob. Just who is Joe Teague, you ask? The Walking Dead fans, look no further if you don’t want your day ruined. We’ve previously posted this news, so if you’ve read about it before, rest assured it’s probably the same actor/character you’re thinking of.


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Joe Teague will be played by Jon Bernthal of The Walking Dead fame. Teague is the show’s main protagonist, a cop who looks into corruption in the LAPD and ties to criminals. We reported this back in January to the chagrin of many a Shane fan. However, just because Bernthal is going to star in the TNT drama doesn’t necessarily mean that he will definitely be leaving The Walking Dead via zombie bite or poorly aimed gunshot. As a secondary (and arguably, main) antagonist to Andrew Lincoln’s character on the show, it’d be hard for me to see him leaving any time soon. However, Shane has gotten increasingly more bananas…and yes, I have read the comics. What do you think: can Bernthal shoulder both shows or will he leave his zombie-killing days behind him, one way or another?

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  • Strong Enough

    TNT? ehhhhhhhh

    but I think that he can do both. all they need to do is turn down Shane’s character and have him play along with Rick. is it point of no return for Shane on TWD? i dont think so but those writers on that show are like on shrooms or soemthing

  • B rok

    This is the best thing that could happen to wd. Lincoln is not right for the part of Rick. This show could be so good but the acting is atrocious! The Shane character is the only one that makes any sense.

  • LEM

    He’s a goner on TWD and judging from the previews it will be by the end of the season. I would guess next week after a fight with rick he is chased by zombies and thought to be dead only to return to try to kill rick and is then shot by the kid the same as the comics.

    • Giovanni

      Ive been watching this show for 2 years now with no knowledge of the comics at all. Thank you, you sir are an ASSHOLE

      • LEM

        They’ve already changed a lot from the comics so there’s no guarantee that’s what will happen. I’m only guessing based on the fact that he is in this new show and the previews showed him and Rick fighting and the kid shooting. I really wasn’t trying to spoil anything sorry if I did.

    • Mr.Rich316

      I agree,Shane is a goner. Don’t know that they will have Carl kill him though. They don’t stick to the comics so much that they couldn’t have Rick gun him down to save Lori or Carl. Carl offing Shane makes Rick come off like the wuss Shane says he is.

  • Jeff

    This how keeps sounding better and better!

    • Jeff

      THat’s supposed to be “show”.

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