jon bernthal red gi 'The Walking Dead's Jon Bernthal officially joins TNT's 'L.A. Noir'Now that his character on “The Walking Dead” has been officially been killed off (twice for good measure), actor Jon Bernthal has been confirmed as the lead actor in “L.A. Noir,” the upcoming Frank Darabont-led TNT cop show.

Darabont was responsible for Bernthal’s casting as the Shane on “The Walking Dead.” When Darabont abruptly left the show in July 2011, Bernthal — along with his fellow co-stars — was mum about their showrunner’s departure, but when Darabont landed a new pilot with TNT, speculation immediately focused on the actor as a potential leading man for the project.

And, thanks to a marketing snafu, confirmation of Bernthal’s “Walking Dead” death leaked in February which made his leap to Darabont’s new show even more of a likelihood.

“L.A. Noir” is based on John Buntin’s book about the decades-long conflict between the LAPD and the Los Angeles underworld. Set in the 1950s, Bernthal will play a cop hot on the trail of gangster Mickey Cohen.

Former “Heroes” star Milo Ventimiglia has also been cast.

Posted by:Liz Kelly Nelson