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Pilot Season Gears Up in L.A.

Stay in the loop on industry and casting news with our write-up on who’s been slated for recent film and television roles! “L.A. Confidential”Pilot season is full of nostalgia, and if there’s one network that can’t get enough of the past, it’s CBS. The studio has spent the better part of the season hand-picking series and franchises that last saw airwaves during the ’90s or earlier. The network, which consistently boasts high viewership, is hoping a look back will give them momentum going forward next season. Now “L.A. Confidential,” the 1997 film based on the novel by James Ellroy and starring Kim Basinger and Russell Crowe, is getting revived as a series. The pilot, which will mirror the plot of the film, will show the intersecting lives of those searching for a sadistic serial killer on the not-so-glamorous streets of 1950s Los Angeles. Three policemen, a female reporter,
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‘L.A. Confidential’: Sarah Jones To Star In CBS Drama Pilot

Sarah Jones (Damnation, The Path) is set as a female lead in CBS drama pilot L.A. Confidential, based on James Ellroy's classic noir novel. It comes from Arnon Milchan, producer of the acclaimed 1997 movie; CBS TV Studios; New Regency; and Lionsgate TV. Written by Harper and directed by Michael Dinner, L.A. Confidential follows three homicide detectives, a female reporter (Alana Arenas) and a Hollywood actress (Jones) whose paths intersect as the detectives pursue a…
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L.A. Confidential TV pilot adds three more to its cast

CBS has added three more cast members to its small screen adaptation of James Ellroy’s noir novel L.A. Confidential, with Mark Webb (Green Room), Shea Whigham (Vice Principals) and Alana Arenas (Electric Dreams) joining the previously announced Walton Goggins and Brian J. Smith.

Deadline reports that Webber will play Bud White, whose character description reads: “A noble savage in a detective suit, White went to the Police Academy with Exley (Brian J. Smith) and has already made detective. Never one to hesitate to use brute force, Bud is particularly vicious with criminals who abuse women. Partnered with Dick Stensland (Whigham) who is on the verge of retirement, Bud is just learning how things work at the Lapd.”

Whigham’s Dick Stensland is described as: “A good cop at one time, now limping towards retirement, he is Bud’s (Webber) partner. A gruff guy who’s seen it all, he
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CBS’ ‘L.A. Confidential’ Pilot Adds Mark Webber, Alana Arenas, Shea Whigham

CBS’ ‘L.A. Confidential’ Pilot Adds Mark Webber, Alana Arenas, Shea Whigham
The “L.A. Confidential” pilot at CBS has cast three actors in lead roles, Variety has learned.

Mark Webber will play Det. Bud White, who is described as a noble savage in a suit. Never one to hesitate to use brute force, White is particularly vicious with criminals who abuse women. In the 1997 film version of “L.A. Confidential,” White was played by Russell Crowe. Webber recently appeared in the Showtime series “SMILF” as Father Eddie. He is known for his roles in films like “Scott Pilgrim vs. The World” and “Green Room.” He is repped by Inphenate and Schreck, Rose,
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‘L.A. Confidential’: Mark Webber, Shea Whigham & Alana Arenas To Star In CBS Drama Pilot

Mark Webber (Green Room), Shea Whigham (Boardwalk Empire) and Alana Arenas (Electric Dreams) have booked lead roles opposite Brian J. Smith and Walton Goggins in CBS drama pilot L.A. Confidential, based on James Ellroy's classic noir novel. It comes from Arnon Milchan, producer of the acclaimed 1997 L.A. Confidential movie; CBS TV Studios; New Regency; and Lionsgate TV. Written by Harper and directed by Michael Dinner, L.A. Confidential follows three homicide detectives…
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Sense8 star set for lead role in L.A. Confidential pilot

Earlier this week it was announced that Walton Goggins (Vice Principals) has been cast as L.A. police detective Jack Vincennes in the L.A. Confidential TV pilot (played by Kevin Spacey in the 1997 movie), and now comes word that Sense8 and Stargate Universe actor Brian J. Smith has been cast in the Guy Pearce role as Detective Ed Exley.

As per THR, Smith’s Exley is described as “as cold (though not without a conscience), brilliant, authoritative and ambitious. He’s a uniformed L.A. cop and, as the son of former hero detective turned real estate developer Preston Exley, he is determined to make his mark and become worthy in his father’s eyes. Competing against the memory of his deceased brother, his father’s favorite, Ed will do anything to prove himself. He wants nothing more than to make detective and is single-minded in his pursuit.”

The
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Oscars: What Should Have Won – L.A. Confidential Over Titanic for Best Picture of 1997

Graeme Robertson on why L.A. Confidential should have won over Titanic at the Academy Awards…

The Oscars celebrating the best of 1997 was a ceremony dominated by one film, James Cameron’s romantic disaster epic Titanic – a film that devoured the box office and won itself an absurd 11 Oscars including Best Picture, a feat previously only matched by historical epic Ben-Hur in 1959 and only matched since by Return of the King in 2003.

I myself have mixed feelings about Titanic. While I admit that the main set piece of the sinking itself is a great sequence, I think the film is about an hour too long and I really would have preferred the film to be more of an ensemble piece rather than a romantic two-hander. Also, I really really hate that damn Celine Dion song.

So in the interest of once more likely irritating people, I’m going to go
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La Confidential: Brian J. Smith (Sense8) to Star in CBS' Reboot Pilot

Brian J. Smith is headed to CBS. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Sense8 star has joined the network's La Confidential reboot pilot.Based on the novel by James Ellroy, the drama follows three homicide detectives, a reporter, and an actress whose lives “intersect while the detectives pursue a sadistic serial killer among the secrets and lies of glamorous and gritty 1950s Los Angeles.” In 1997, the book was adapted as a film starring Kevin Spacey, Russell Crowe, Guy Pearce, and Kim Basinger.Read More…
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Pilot News: Sense8 Vet Heads to L.A., Taye Diggs Coaches Football and More

Pilot News: Sense8 Vet Heads to L.A., Taye Diggs Coaches Football and More
Sense8 alum Brian J. Smith is following in Guy Pearce’s footsteps.

Smith will star opposite Justified vet Walton Goggins in CBS’ L.A. Confidential adaptation, our sister site Deadline reports.

The potential series, which is based on James Ellroy’s classic noir novel, follows three homicide detectives, a female reporter and a Hollywood actress whose paths intersect during the pursuit of a sadistic serial killer in 1950s Los Angeles. Smith will play Ed Exley — Pearce’s role in the 1997 movie of the same name — who is described as an ambitious cop determined to make detective.

In other pilot casting
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‘Sense8’ Star Brian J. Smith Takes Lead Role in ‘L.A. Confidential’ Pilot at CBS

‘Sense8’ Star Brian J. Smith Takes Lead Role in ‘L.A. Confidential’ Pilot at CBS
Brian J. Smith has been cast in the lead role of the upcoming “L.A. Confidential” pilot at CBS, Variety has confirmed.

Smith will play Detective Ed Exley, the role played by Guy Pearce in the 1997 film. Exley is described as cold though not without a conscience, obviously brilliant, authoritative, and fiercely ambitious. The son of former hero detective turned real estate developer, Preston Exley, he is determined to make his mark and to become a hero in his father’s eyes. Competing against the memory of his deceased brother, his father’s favorite, Ed will do anything to prove himself. He wants nothing more than to make detective and is single-minded in his pursuit.

Smith joins previously announced cast member Walton Goggins, who will play Detective Jack Vincennes.

Smith most recently starred as Will Gorski in “Sense8,” the Netflix series created by the Wachowski sisters and J. Michael Straczynski. The series
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‘L.A. Confidential’: Brian J. Smith To Star In CBS Drama Pilot

‘L.A. Confidential’: Brian J. Smith To Star In CBS Drama Pilot
Sense8‘s Brian J. Smith is set as a lead in CBS drama pilot L.A. Confidential, based on James Ellroy's classic noir novel, from Arnon Milchan, producer of the acclaimed 1997 L.A. Confidential movie; CBS TV Studios; New Regency; and Lionsgate TV. Written by Harper and directed by Michael Dinner, L.A. Confidential follows three homicide detectives, a female reporter and a Hollywood actress whose paths intersect as the detectives pursue a sadistic serial killer among the…
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'Sense8' Star to Topline CBS' 'L.A. Confidential' Reboot

CBS has found its leading man for its L.A. Confidential reboot.

Sense8 star Brian J. Smith has been tapped to take on the lead role of Detective Ed Exley, the part played by Guy Pearce in the 1997 feature film.

CBS described its L.A. Confidential take as giving James Ellroy's novel a "2018 treatment" in terms of tone, music and style. The paths of three homicide detectives, a female reporter and an up-and-coming actress intersect while the detectives pursue a sadistic serial killer among the secrets and lies of glamorous and gritty 1950s Los Angeles.

Smith's Ed Exley is...
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L.A. Confidential TV Series Casts Sense8’s Brian J. Smith

Sense8 actor Brian J. Smith will take on the lead role in CBS’ L.A. Confidential TV series. Smith joins recently announced cast member Walton Goggins on the show, which is being developed by New Regency, Lionsgate Television, and CBS Television Studios. Jordan Harper (Gotham) writes and also acts as executive producer along with Arnon Milchan.

Based on James Ellroy’s 1990 novel, L.
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L.A. Confidential: Walton Goggins to Star in Reboot Pilot for CBS

L.A. Confidential: Walton Goggins to Star in Reboot Pilot for CBS
Walton Goggins is headed to CBS. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Justified star has joined the network's L.A. Confidential reboot pilot. Based on the novel by James Ellroy, the drama follows three homicide detectives, a reporter, and an actress whose lives "intersect while the detectives pursue a sadistic serial killer among the secrets and lies of glamorous and gritty 1950s Los Angeles." In 1997, the book was adapted as a film starring Kevin Spacey, Russell Crowe, Guy Pearce, and Kim Basinger.
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Walton Goggins cast in the L.A. Confidential TV pilot

Earlier this month it was announced that CBS has given a pilot order to a TV adaptation of James Ellroy’s L.A. Confidential, and now we have out first piece of casting news.

Deadline is reporting that The Hateful Eight and Vice Principals star Walton Goggins has signed on to appear as 1950s L.A. police detective Jack Vincennes, played by Kevin Spacey in the 1997 feature film adaptation.

The character description reads: “All swagger and flash with a movie-star smile, Jack knows how the system works and uses it to his best advantage, including some corrupt shakedowns on the side.”

Meanwhile, it has also been announced that Anna Fricke (Being Human) will serve as co-showunner alongside the previously announced Jordan Harper (The Mentalist).

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L.A. Confidential “follows three homicide detectives, a female reporter and a Hollywood actress whose paths intersect
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Walton Goggins is Set to Star in CBS' L.A. Confidential Series

I've been following Walton Goggins' career ever since I first watched him in The Shield. He has since had a pretty successful career staring in Justified, The Hateful Eight, and the upcoming Tomb Raider movie just to name a few.

He's a fun actor that takes on great roles and he just landed a perfect role in CBS' upcoming series adaptation of James Ellroy’s 1990 noir novel L.A. Confidential. Goggins will play detective Jack Vincennes, who is described as follows:

“All swagger and flash with a movie star smile, Jack knows how the system works and uses it to his best advantage, including some corrupt shakedowns on the side.”

This character was previously played by Kevin Spacey in the 1997 Curtis Hanson-directed film adaptation of the book. The series will reportedly follow "three homicide detectives, a female reporter and a Hollywood actress. The detectives are following a serial
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Walton Goggins to Play Kevin Spacey Role in CBS' L.A. Confidential Pilot

CBS’ new take on L.A. Confidential has booked a big name to star.

Emmy nominee Walton Goggins (Justified) has signed on to headline the buzzy pilot, according to our sister site Variety. Goggins will play the role of Detective Jack Vincennes, the flashy and morally questionable Lapd cop played by Kevin Spacey in the Oscar-winning 1997 film.

Like the film, CBS’ L.A. Confidential — which scored an official pilot order earlier this month — is based on the novel by acclaimed crime author James Ellroy, and follows a trio of homicide detectives, a reporter and an aspiring actress as their lives intersect in 1950s Los Angeles.
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Walton Goggins to Star in CBS’ ‘La Confidential’ Adaptation

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CBS has cast Walton Goggins in its “L.A. Confidential” pilot, with the “Justified” alum to fill the role played by Kevin Spacey in the 1997 movie. Goggins will co-star in the adaptation as Det. Jack Vincennes, who is described as “all swagger and flash with a movie star smile. Jack knows how the system works and uses it to his best advantage, including some corrupt shakedowns on the side.” The James Ellroy novel is being adapted by “Gotham” writer Jordan Harper, who will co-showrun with Anna Fricke. New Regency’s Arnon Milchan, who produced the 1997 Oscar-winning film adaptation, will also executive produce. Also...
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Walton Goggins to Star in ‘La Confidential’ Pilot at CBS

Walton Goggins to Star in ‘La Confidential’ Pilot at CBS
Walton Goggins has landed one of the lead roles in the upcoming “La Confidential” adaptation pilot at CBS, Variety has confirmed.

Goggins will play Det. Jack Vincennes. All swagger and flash with a movie star smile, Jack knows how the system works and uses it to his best advantage, including some corrupt shakedowns on the side. Vincennes was previously played by Kevin Spacey in the critically-acclaimed 1997 movie of the same name.

Goggins recently starred in the first season of the Navy Seal drama “Six” for History and is due to star opposite Alicia Vikander in the new “Tomb Raider” film due out in March. He received widespread acclaim for his roles on FX, namely Boyd Crowder on “Justified” and Det. Shane Vendrell on “The Shield.” He also made appearances on “Sons of Anarchy,” playing transgender prostitute Venus Van Dam. He has appeared in the Quentin Tarantino films “Django Unchained” and “The Hateful Eight.”

He is repped
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‘L.A. Confidential’: Walton Goggins To Co-Star In CBS Drama Pilot; Anna Fricke Joins As Co-Showrunner

Justified and Vice Principals alum Walton Goggins is set for a lead role in CBS drama pilot L.A. Confidential, based on James Ellroy's classic noir novel, from Arnon Milchan, producer of the acclaimed 1997 L.A. Confidential movie; CBS TV Studios; New Regency; and Lionsgate TV. In addition, Anna Fricke (Being Human) has signed on as executive producer and co-showrunner alongside Jordan Harper. Written by Harper and directed by Michael Dinner, L.A. Confidential follows…
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