“Sense8” Star Brian J. Smith to Star in “L.A. Confidential” Pilot for CBS



Sense8 alum has been cast as the lead in CBS’ drama pilot , 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 , New Regency, and Lionsgate .

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 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 and .

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