After what’s been years of successful action/comedy/horror films for Simon Pegg, the versatile actor is now reportedly looking to the small screen for a more dramatic project in L.A. Noir. Pegg is circling as a guest star in the pilot written and directed by Frank Darabont. He will join lead actor Jon Bernthal (The Walking Dead), as well as Neil McDonough (Minority Report) and Milo Ventimiglia (Heroes) in the TNT period drama. Set in the 1940s and 1950s, L.A. Noir chronicles the war between the LAPD’s Captain William Parker (McDonough) and the mobster, Mickey Cohen. Bernthal stars as Joe Teague, an ex-Marine turned LAPD cop who gets caught up in the conflict, while Ventimiglia stars as a former Marine who served with Teague in WWII and becomes a lawyer for the mob. THR reported on Pegg circling a guest role, but so far there are few details as to his character.
Hit the jump for a casting update on True Blood-creator Alan Ball’s Banshee.
Also from THR comes the report that Ulrich Thomsen (The Thing) will join the cast of Ball’s Banshee for Cinemax. The drama by writers Jonathan Tropper and David Schicker, follows the criminal Lucas Hood (Anthony Starr of Outrageous Fortune) as he steps into the shoes of the sheriff of Banshee, Pennsylvania. Hood continues his shady dealings while trying to avoid the gangsters he’s escaped in his past and keeping up his pretense. Thomsen will headline as Proctor, an intimidating businessman who makes it a point to travel about town with a massive rottweiler. Very successful in the local area, Proctor exerts influence on the town and feels himself above the law. In addition to his business prowess and canine companion, Proctor also happens to control a very dangerous gang with ease. Thomsen will join Ivana Milicevic (Casino Royale), who plays Carrie Hopewell, a former jewel thief hiding out in the town under an assumed identity.