Frank Darabont's L.A. Noir adaptation just keeps getting better and better. Based on John Butnin’s true crime novel L.A. Noir: The Struggle For the Soul of America’s Most Seductive City the writer-director has assembled quite the project at TNT with Milo Ventimiglia, Jon Bernthal (rumored) and Neal McDonough set to star in the tale of Los Angeles' hard boiled history. In an attempt to add to the pilot's prestige, Darabont and the network are trying to land Shaun of the Dead Simon Pegg for a guest spot.

Darabont made quick work of putting this series together since parting ways with The Walking Dead (and AMC) and now TV Line reports that he's close to casting Pegg, the funny Ghotocol co-star, for not just an unspecified role but one that is "top-secret." The mission is his, if he chooses to accept it. I wonder if it will self-destruct in the pilot? Okay, enough bad puns but the announcement is trying to be so secretive I can't help but start speculating. Perhaps he's in line to play the mob boss Mickey Cohen himself? That role has yet to be cast for the period pilot and perhaps he's more of a behind the scenes, Dr. Claw kind of bad guy? Part of the show's serialized long game? Or maybe he's playing Bugsy Siegel, the boss who's murder sent Cohen into a murderous rampage and ostensibly put him on top? We won't know for sure until the pilot airs, or more likely when someone leaks like a faucet.

We do know that L.A. Noir is set in the 1940s/50s and follows the Los Angeles Police Department's efforts to take down Mickey Cohen's crime syndicate. Neal McDonough is playing the hard-noised, corruption hating Police Chief William Parker and leads the investigation against Cohen. Milo Vetimiglia is Ned Stax, a former marine now a lawyer slash fixer for the mob. And Bernthal is rumored (and this may be confirmed soon, cause, you know) to play Stax' war buddy named Joe Teague but with the actor's role uncertain it is still unclear whether he's a bull or a crook.

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