Thesp to play LAPD chief Parker in Darabont period drama

TNT has fortified the cast of Frank Darabont drama pilot “L.A. Noir” with the addition of Neal McDonough.

McDonough, most recently seen on FX’s “Justified,” will play one of the drama’s central roles, LAPD Capt. William Parker, in the 1940s period drama that examines links between police and underworld figures in the City of Angels. The Parker character is a hard-nosed cop committed to rooting out corruption on the force and determined to bring down mobster Mickey Cohen.

Jon Bernthal of “The Walking Dead” had previously been cast as the L.A. cop at the center of the show. Milo Ventimiglia is also in the ensemble.

The “Noir” pilot was penned and will be directed by Darabont, who exec produces with Michael De Luca and Elliott Webb. It’s based on the book “L.A. Noir: The Struggle for the Soul of America’s Most Seductive City” by John Buntin.

McDonough’s repped by Paradigm.

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