Neal McDonough to Star in TNT's Frank Darabont Drama L.A. Noir

Neal McDonough is veering away from his recent run of TV baddies with a starring role — as a cop — in Frank Darabont’s new TNT drama pilot L.A. Noir.

Described as a fast-paced period thriller (based on the acclaimed novel by the same name), the project centers on the 1940s/50s-era epic battle between determined Los Angeles Police Chief William Parker (played by McDonough) and yet-to-be-cast boxer-turned-mobster Mickey Cohen.

Heroes grad Milo Ventimiglia was previously cast in the project.

Darabont is an executive producer on L.A. Noir and will write and direct the pilot.

McDonough is currently recurring on FX’s Justified as creepy Detroit gangster Robert Quarles. His previous TV gigs include Terriers, Desperate Housewives and Boomtown (where he played an ADA).