Haley Strode Joins ‘L.A. Noir’ Pilot

The Gangster Squad actress will play a key role in the early life of mobster, Mickey Cohen.

Blair Marnellby Blair Marnell

Later this year, Haley Strode will appear in The Gangster Squad, an ensemble film that chronicles the LAPD's fight to keep the East Coast mafia out of Los Angeles during the '40s and '50s. However, Strode will soon be appearing in a slightly earlier era opposite one of the most infamous L.A. mobsters of all time: Mickey Cohen.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Strode has signed on to guest star in the pilot episode of Frank Darabont's "L.A. Noir" for TNT.

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Strode will reportedly portray the first victim of a nine year old Cohen, who somehow murders a grown woman despite his youth. The incident will be depicted in a flashback during the pilot episode. 

 

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On TV, Strode has primarily made guest appearances on series like "Castle," "Whitney," "Til Death Do Us Part," "CSI: New York" and "Important Things with Demetri Martin."

"L.A. Noir" is based upon John Buntin's book with the same name, which depicts the war between Cohen's mob and the L.A.P.D. during the '40s and '50s. "The Walking Dead" costar, Jon Bernthal will play the lead character, Police officer Joe Teague, who finds himself caught between Cohen and Police Chief William Parker (Neal McDonough). "Heroes" star Milo Ventimiglia will play mob fixer, Ned Stax, with Jeremy Strong as Mike Hendry, Mickey Cohen's second-in-command. Alexa Davalos will play Jasmine, the female lead of the series.

Two other actors from "The Walking Dead' have also recently joined the project: Jeffrey DeMunn and Andrew Rothenberg; who played Dale and Jim, respectively. Simon Pegg (Shawn of the Dead) is also rumored to be up for a cameo role in the "L.A. Noir" pilot.

TNT is expected to reveal whether "L.A. Noir" will be ordered to series later this month at an upfront presentation.