Sense8 alum Brian J. Smith has been cast as the lead in CBS’ drama pilot L.A. CONFIDENTIAL, based on the classic noir novel by James Ellroy. The series comes from Arnon Milchan, producer of the critically acclaimed 1997 L.A. Confidential movie, CBS TV Studios, New Regency, and Lionsgate TV.
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 serial killer among the gritty and glamorous 1950s Los Angeles.
Smith is set to play Detective Ed Exley, the lead role played by Guy Pearce in 1997 that earned a Best Picture Oscar nomination. Cold, but not without a conscience, brilliant, fiercely ambitious, Ed Exley is an L.A. cop when the pilot story begins. Determined to make his mark and become a hero in his father’s eyes, Ed will do anything to prove himself.
Smith joins Walton Goggins, who was cast as Detective Jack Vincennes this week.
Smith starred on Netflix’s sci-fi drama series Sense8 as Will Gorski. His other TV credits include Defiance, Blue Bloods, Person of Interest and The Good Wife. Smith previously earned a Tony nomination for playing the Gentleman Caller in the 2013 revival of The Glass Menagerie. He is represented by Innovative and Sanders Armstrong Caserta.
April Dawn | Editorial Intern