Who's Frank Darabont gonna call? Ernie Hudson!
The director and former "Walking Dead" showrunner has the new hard-boiled detective series "Lost Angels" in the works for TNT, and Hudson is set to potentially play a major role.
Deadline reports that the "Ghostbusters" actor is in final negotiations for a recurring role as Bunny, a mobster vying for control of the burgeoning organized crime scene in 1940s Los Angeles. The pulp noir series centers on the power struggle between the police and West Coast mob, with Bunny working alongside Bugsy Siegel to control clubs along Central Avenue.
While many fans may be most familiar with Hudson from his feature work, the 67 year old actor is no stranger to television, with guest roles on "Torchwood," "The Secret Life of the American Teenager" and "Last Resort," as well as co-starring in HBO's prison drama "Oz."
Hudson joins an already stacked cast, with Jon Bernthal ("The Walking Dead"), Simon Pegg ("Shaun of the Dead"), Neal McDonough ("Justified") and Milo Ventimiglia ("Heroes"). The pilot is written and directed by Darabont, adapted from John Buntin's book "L.A. Noir: The Struggle for the Soul of America's Most Seductive City." The series was originally titled "L.A. Noir" as well, but was abruptly changed when creators of the video "L.A. Noire" threatened legal action.
"Lost Angels" is set to premiere in late 2013 on TNT.