TNT's upcoming drama 'Lost Angels' just keeps getting better.
Hit television writer Frank Darabont ('The Walking Dead') is adapting 'Lost Angels' from a book by John Buntin called "L.A. Noir: The Struggle for the Soul of America's Most Seductive City." The cast announced to date includes Ernie Hudson ('Oz'), Gordon Clapp ('Damages'), and Jeremy Luke ('Turbo and Joey'). Robert Knepper ('Cult') had been signed as a recurring and was just bumped up to lead status. And now, feature film director and actor Ed Burns has signed on to play none other than notorious mobster Bugsy Siegel.
Hudson is slated to play Bunny, a mobster working with Bugsy Siegel. Clapp will recur as a former mob man, now out of prison, working as a busboy in an Italian restaurant. Luke has signed on to play notorious gangster Mickey Cohen, a role that promises a lot of drama and a fair amount of bloodshed. Knepper plays Sid Rothman, a rank-and-file mobster working for Cohen. But the most sought-after role, that of the most infamous and feared member of the Genovese crime family, has been won by Burns.
The forty-five year old Burns has starred in such hit feature films as 'Saving Private Ryan,' '15 Minutes,' 'The Holiday' and 'Man on a Ledge.' Burns has also directed eleven feature films, adding to his impressive resume.
Bugsy Siegel was already an established mobster and a murderer before he found his way from New York City to Los Angeles. Siegel headed West, hoping to evade his enemies and form a crime syndicate based in gambling and prostitution, in conjuction with Los Angeles crime boss Jack Dragna. By 1942, Siegel's operation was bringing in about $500,000 per day; to put that in perspective, by today's standards that would be roughly $7,000,000 per day.
Mickey Cohen (Luke) was Siegel's Chief Lieutenant. I can't wait to see scenes between these two native New York actors.