Mark Webber (“Green Room,” “End of Love”), Alana Arenas (“Electric Dreams,” “Mercury in Retrograde”) and Shea Whigam (“Fargo,” “Boardwalk Empire”) have been cast in lead roles in CBS’ “L.A. Confidential” pilot based on the novel by James Ellroy.
The story follows three homicide detectives, a female reporter, and an up-and-coming actress whose lives intersect while the detectives pursue a sadistic serial killer among the secrets and lies of gritty, glamorous 1950s Los Angeles.
Webber will play the ‘noble savage in a suit’ Detective Bud White, Whigam will play White’s ageing partner Detective Dick Stensland, and Arenas plays June who is a reporter for a Hollywood scandal magazine. The two detective roles were played by Russell Crowe and Graham Beckel in the previous 1997 film adaptation, Arenas’ role is new but likely a variation on Danny DeVito’s magazine publisher character Sid Hudgens.
The trio join previously announced cast members Brian J. Smith as Detective Ed Exley and Walton Goggins as Detective Jack Vincennes (the Guy Pearce and Kevin Spacey roles). Jordan Harper is writing and serves as executive producer alongside Arnon Milchan. Anna Fricke will serve as showrunner and Michael Dinner is set to direct and executive produce the pilot.