Frank Darabont Casts HEROES' Milo Ventimiglia in L.A. NOIR

Heroes star Milo Ventimiglia has been officially cast in Frank Darabont's new TNT drama series L.A. Noir, which is based on the book by John Buntin. As we have previously reported, The Walking Dead's Jon Bernthal (Shane) is in talks to join the series as well.

The story is set in the 1940's and '50s, and the show will tell "the true story of a decades-long conflict between the LAPD, under the determined leadership of Police Chief William Parker, and ruthless criminal elements led by mobster Mickey Cohen, a one-time boxer who rose to the top of LA’s criminal world." I love history, and since I live in Los Angeles, I've enjoyed doing my fair share of research on the city. This is going to make for a great series.

According to Deadline, Ventimiglia "will play Ned Stax, a former marine who served with Joe Teague (Bernthal) during WWII, now a budding lawyer groomed to be a master 'fixer' for the mob."

Darabont will both write and direct the series pilot. He'll also executive produce with Michael De Luca and Elliot Webb.