Exclusive: Simon Pegg In Talks For Top-Secret Role in Frank Darabont's TNT Drama L.A. Noir

Simon Pegg is headed to an era far, far away: 1940s Los Angeles, by way of TNT.

The Star Trek and Mission: Impossible actor is in negotiations to play a top-secret role in Frank Darabont’s TNT period drama pilot L.A. Noir, TVLine has learned exclusively.

Details on Pegg’s character are being kept under wraps, but an insider confirms that the British multi-hyphenate would appear as a guest star in the pilot.

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 Justified‘s Neal McDonough) and boxer-turned-mobster Mickey Cohen.

The Walking Dead‘s Jon Bernthal and Heroes‘ Milo Ventimiglia also star.

Darabont, in his first post-Walking Dead gig, is an executive producer on L.A. Noir and will write and direct the pilot.


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  1. A says:

    Sounds cool! Count me in!

  2. Alex says:

    I want a John Noble cameo

  3. Mack says:

    Why can’t John Noble be in this too

  4. Chatty says:

    McDonough is going to play a good cop? This, I want to see. He is so great at playing bad that I can no longer ‘see’ him any other way, but I know he has the chops. I hope Simon Pegg has some funny lines because his comedic timing is perfect. Thanks for the heads up, Michael!

  5. Jamie says:

    I love Simon Pegg. He’s so funny. I’ll see anything that he’s in.

  6. yours truly says:

    my guess is he plays the third rate comedian on the fringe of the mob.

  7. EataMorePez says:

    The book LA Noir is not a novel, it’s nonfiction.

  8. Angela says:

    I got all excited until I read the words “guest star”. It’d be awesome if he were a regular character or something, I’d LOVE to see him doing noir style stuff week in and week out.

    Ah, well. Love the guy, so I’ll certainly make a note to check out the show anyway. Thanks for the tip!

  9. aunt_deen says:

    I love seeing Band of Brothers reunions!