Walton Goggins to Star in ‘The Unicorn’ Comedy Pilot at CBS

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Walton Goggins has been set as the male lead in the CBS comedy pilot “The Unicorn.”

Written by Bill Martin and Mike Schiff, the comedy centers on a widower who discovers, as he tries to move on from the most difficult year of his life, that he’s utterly unprepared to raise his two daughters on his own and equally unprepared for the dating world where, to his shock, he’s suddenly a hot commodity.

Goggins’ character is described as a big-hearted open-book of a guy, but without his wife, he’s finding himself at sea. When his friends persuade him to start dating again, he discovers to his shock that he’s kind of a hot commodity, if only he knew what the hell he was doing.

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The project, which hails from CBS Television Studios, was first picked up to pilot last month as a multi-camera sitcom. However, it is now set to be redeveloped as a single-camera, making it the only comedy pilot with the format at the network.

Aaron Kaplan, Dana Honor, Wendi Trilling and Peyton Reed, who directed Goggins in last year’s “Ant-Man and the Wasp,” are executive producers.

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Justified and Vice Principals alum Walton Goggins has been set at the lead of The Unicorn, CBS’ half-hour comedy pilot from Fam co-executive producers Bill Martin and Mike Schiff, Kapital Entertainment and CBS TV Studios.
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Olivia Colman-Walton Goggins Religious Drama ‘Them That Follow’ Goes to The Orchard and 1091 Media

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‘Them That Follow’ Film Review: Talented Cast Exposes the Venom in Old-Time Religion

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Anchored by an enviable cast that includes Oscar nominee Olivia Colman, “Them That Follows” sinks its teeth into religious fanaticism in an isolated Appalachian mountain community, where an animal’s instinctual reactions are interpreted as a test of faith. Marking the feature debut of directors Britt Poulton and Dan Madison Savage, this tense, slow-burning drama premiered Sunday afternoon at the Sundance Film Festival.

Oppressively restrained, actress Alice Englert (“Beautiful Creatures”) stuns in the role of Mara, a young woman who acts as a quiet conduit for insight into the Pentecostal snake-handling church that her father runs. We meet her at a point in her life when steadfast, solid devotion has started to show cracks of doubt, as an explosive secret consumes her. Torn between Augie (Thomas Mann, “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl”) and her soon-to-be husband Garret (Lewis Pullman, “Bad Times at the El Royale”), Mara feels confused while surrounded by men and women who only deal in absolutes and certainties.

Atop the food chain in this expectedly misogynistic, patriarchal microcosm is Pastor Lemuel (an excellent Walton Goggins). Multitasking not only as spiritual leader, but also as snake catcher and charmer, the unconsciously deranged figure willingly endangers his followers during services, using the reptiles on their bodies to determine whether God or the Devil inhabits them. In spite of this, cheerleaders/lackeys Hope (Colman) and Zeke (Jim Gaffigan in a small but strong dramatic role) are so mesmerized by Lemuel’s teachings that they don’t see their son Augie is eager to change course.

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Goggins leaves behind, even if momentarily, the manic characters he so often portrays and goes for a much more calibrated degree of madness and megalomania. Mann, on the other hand, is in charge of enduring the grislier bits that instill dread into “Them That Follow.” Performing as Dilly, Mara’s orphan sidekick, Kaitlyn Dever (“Beautiful Boy”) exemplifies manipulated innocence, while Pullman’s turn runs successfully on jealousy and male entitlement.

Among a cast crowded with first-rate talent, Colman reigns supreme and boosts the work of her fellow actors, playing a stern enforcer desperate to secure both her salvation and that of her only child. In a handful of scenes, she gives the movie’s most mentally punishing performance, one that ranks alongside her best work.

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With no technology in sight beyond motor vehicles for most of its running time — until the use of a certain electrical tool — the film gives the impression that the location is suspended in time; this could almost deceivingly come across as a period piece, if not for small clues. A patiently paced debut, “Them That Follows” was photographed by Brett Jutkiewicz without many embellishments, exploiting the deceptive tranquility of the natural landscape, which contrasts with the turmoil at hand.

There are plot points clearly designed to be shocking which, once revealed, turn out to be underwhelming, and instead read as predictable situations or repercussions considering the environment. What’s the worst sin an unmarried woman, a pastor’s daughter no less, could commit to earn damnation in the eyes of such extremely devout believers? Or what could go wrong for a group of people that handles poisonous live creatures without any precautions or gear on a weekly basis? Logically, calamity can and will strike.

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Nonetheless, the filmmakers let the story slither at its own rhythm, so that the magnitude of the psychological control can be fully exposed. To accomplish that, their superb cast guides the film through a poisonous doctrine taken not from the pages of imagination but from real American folklore.



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13 Major Lingering Questions We Have After Seeing ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’

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‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’ Film Review: Paul Rudd’s Shrinking Hero Returns for Buzzier Sequel

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Perhaps the best way to approach “Ant-Man and the Wasp,” the sequel to the 2015 Marvel Cinematic Universe adventure that introduced the shrinking superhero, is as a Disney movie rather than a Marvel one. And when I say “Disney movie,” I mean a very specific kind: the goofy Dexter Riley comedies.

From 1969 to 1975, Kurt Russell played affable college student Dexter, who kept running afoul of science experiments that rendered him strong, super-smart or even invisible. Substitute Paul Rudd’s amiable ex-con Scott Lang for Dexter — with Michael Douglas subbing for scientist William Schallert, and Walton Goggins taking the Keenan Wynn/Cesar Romero role of the nefarious mobster — and “Ant-Man and the Wasp” is basically “The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes” for the 21st century.

Mind you, I mean this as a compliment; after a rough start in the previous entry, director Peyton Reed (“Down With Love”) seems much more comfortable balancing wacky antics, familial bonds and over-the-top superhero set pieces this time around. (Whether or not the problems of “Ant-Man” stem from Reed taking over for a dismissed Edgar Wright will be debated by future MCU historians.) And if the results feel a little slight, well, maybe we could all use a breather after the heavy stakes of “Avengers: Infinity War.”

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Without getting into details: Yes, “Ant-Man and the Wasp” does tie in to those apocalyptic events. But you were planning on sitting through the closing credits anyway, so that’s hardly a spoiler.

The screenplay by a quintet of writers (including Rudd) doesn’t skimp on conflict or incident: Scott is nearing the end of his two-year house arrest over his actions in “Captain America: Civil War” when he has a dream about Janet Van Dyne (Michelle Pfeiffer); like Scott’s Ant-Man, she used her costume’s shrinking device to “slip between the molecules,” but unlike Scott, she never made her way back to normal size.

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On the lam from the FBI, Henry Pym (Michael Douglas) and Hope Van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly) — Janet’s husband and daughter, respectively — have been working in a secret lab to bring Janet back, and Scott’s dream provides what might be the last piece of the puzzle. But while the Feds close in on our heroes — Hope has inherited her mother’s mantle as the flying, stinging Wasp — they’ve also got to fight off Goggins’ weaselly techno-thief while also contending with Ghost (Hannah John-Kamen), a costumed villain who has her own reasons for wanting to grab the Pym tech for herself.

Interspersed with all this plot are sweet moments between Scott and his daughter Cassie (Abby Ryder Fortson, “Togetherness”); goofy interactions with his fellow reformed criminals Luis (Michael Peña), Kurt (David Dastmalchian) and Dave (Tip “T.I.” Harris); witty banter with a nerdy FBI agent (Randall Park); and plenty of slapstick gags about large things becoming small, and vice versa. There’s even a car chase through San Francisco involving vehicles, people and objects rapidly changing size, and while it won’t rival the classic chases from “Bullitt” or “What’s Up, Doc?” it’s still a skillful balance of thrills and laughs.

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With the notable exception of Lilly, who seems to be taking the proceedings far more seriously than her co-stars, the cast gamely juggles everything the movie throws at them. Rudd has been a master of this brand of Everyman deadpan for decades, and while I found Peña’s Luis grating in the previous go-round, he gets a truth-serum-inspired monologue here that’s a comic gem. Ryder Fortson is sweet without being cloying — it helps that Rudd is great with kids, as also evidenced in “Ideal Home” — and Laurence Fishburne swoops in to steal a scene or two as one of Henry’s former colleagues.

Visually, “Ant-Man and the Wasp” gets close to “Doctor Strange” levels of trippiness, particularly in that sub-atomic world where Janet is trapped. From random and kaleidoscopic fragments of light to some enormous, threatening dust mites, the film creates a whole weird and wonderful world that we can’t see. (Reed throws in the “universe in your fingernail” clip from “Animal House,” lest we miss the point.)

Ultimately, the film is hard to take seriously, even by MCU standards; we don’t really doubt whether or not Janet will be found since, hey, there’s Michelle Pfeiffer on the poster! But for audiences who like Marvel movies at their tongue-in-cheekiest, this sequel provides some breezy fun while we wait to find out just how permanent Thanos’ genocidal schemes really are. Dexter Riley would approve.



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The Marvel Cinematic Universe might have shaken things up with “Avengers: Infinity War,” but we won’t know how the Thanos situation shakes out until “Avengers 4” comes out next year. Meanwhile, we know that “Ant-Man and the Wasp,” hitting theaters in July, takes place both before and during “Infinity War” — unless Disney was messing with us yesterday — and probably has a big part to play in the fourth “Avengers” movie.

While the new trailer released Tuesday doesn’t give any clues as to how Ant-Man might help in the fight against Thanos (Josh Brolin), it does give a few important clues for what we can expect in the movie and elements that might be important to the overall MCU storyline. Here are seven big takeaways.

If you haven’t watched the trailer yet, you can do just that right here.

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1. The Quantum Realm appears to actually be a tiny universe like the comics

We knew the Quantum Realm would be a big deal in “Ant-Man and the Wasp,” since in “Ant-Man,” Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) realized that it was possible to get a person back from the super-tiny place. Janet van Dyne (Michelle Pfeiffer), Hope’s mother and Pym’ wife, was lost in the Quantum Realm years earlier, but Scott’s return made Pym think he could return to the Quantum Realm and potentially rescue her.

The trailer shows at least two people who have traveled to the Quantum Realm in Pym’s submersible visiting the realm and actually walking around in it, making it much more similar to the Microverse of the comics than we’ve previously seen. In the Marvel Comics universe, the Microverse is pretty much just another place in the multiverse, with people living there (and supervillains trying to take over).

It seems possible the Quantum Realm of the movies could as well, and that it could play a part in the conclusion of the Thanos story being told in “Avengers 4” — although it’s not yet even remotely clear how.

Check out our spoiler-filled look into how “Ant-Man and the Wasp” could play a role in the fight against Thanos by clicking here.

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2. Ant-Man encountered….something in the Quantum Realm

Later on, the trailer includes a very quick shot of Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) floating in the Quantum Realm. While he’s there, something glowy and green, apparently with wings, whips past him at a high rate of speed.

While that could potentially be Janet van Dyne, the original Wasp, who was lost in the Quantum Realm, all that glowy energy and ridiculous speed seems to suggest it might be something else. Perhaps a native of the Quantum Realm?

If the Quantum Realm ends up being important to the battle against Thanos, which seems very likely given the release of “Ant-Man and the Wasp” between “Infinity War” and “Avengers 4,” then this might be a clue as to what, or maybe more accurately who, Ant-Man found there.

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3. The Ghost’s phasing stuff seems like it could be important considering the Vision situation

We don’t know too much about the Ghost (Hannah John-Kamen), the character who this trailer seems to present as the primary villain of “Ant-Man and the Wasp,” except that she has the capability to make herself “intangible.”

In the trailer, that means zapping her way through walls and vehicles in order to punch and kick people beyond, making her tough to fight. There could be more to that whole “intangible” thing, though, given what a big part of “Avengers: Infinity War” Vision (Paul Bettany) was. Vision’s powers include being able to “phase” through solid matter, pretty much in the same way the Ghost can.

In “Infinity War,” bad guy Corvus Glaive (Michael Shaw) used a special blade on Vision to knock out his phasing powers in their very first fight. That might have been to keep Vision from getting away with the Mind Stone — or there could have been more to it.

It seems like if there was anything that might give Thanos a run for his money, it’s somebody who has the ability to become intangible. After all, apart from his Infinity Stone capabilities, Thanos is just a really strong bruiser of a guy, more or less like the Hulk. One wonders if the powers of the Infinity Stones would even work on someone who is technically intangible; some of them might (we saw the Space Stone cause the Hulkbuster armor to drift through solid matter briefly), but maybe not all of them. That could be a weakness Ant-Man and the Wasp could exploit if they’re able to get hold of the Ghost’s capabilities.

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4. Pym has apparently built multiple shrinking vehicles

After recruiting Scott as the new Ant-Man and Hope as the Wasp, it seems Pym got busy building them some new support equipment. That includes vehicles that include their own shrinking tech for use in the field.

In the past, Ant-Man was able to use his throwable Pym Discs to cause an object to shrink or grow briefly, but Pym’s vehicles look to be a lot more versatile and reliable. They also get similar benefits to Ant-Man and the Wasp when they shrink and grow, it seems, as we see when the growing Pym van flips its pursuer from underneath. Makes you wonder what other fantastic things Dr. Pym has put together over the last few years.

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5. They’re still hiding whatever this movie has to do with Infinity War

Following “Avengers: Infinity War,” Marvel released a teaser ahead of the new “Ant-Man and the Wasp” asking the “Avengers” cast where Ant-Man and the Wasp were during “Infinity War.” The studio is teasing the “Ant-Man” sequel as answering that question, but we got no real new clues in the trailer at all.

We knew “Ant-Man and the Wasp” begins “in the aftermath of ‘Captain America: Civil War,’” but whatever portion of the story happens during “Infinity War” has yet to be revealed, and no real clues have been provided about what this movie has to do with the greater MCU situation.

The movie’s release between “Avengers: Infinity War” and “Avengers 4,” though, can’t be coincidental if it takes place during the battle with Thanos, though. There’s a significant reason why Ant-Man didn’t show up to fight the worst bad guy in the universe, and whatever he and the Wasp learn in their story will have to be significant to “Avengers 4.”

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6. Also, still no sign of Janet Van Dyne

We know Janet van Dyne, Hope’s mother and Hank Pym’s wife, will show up in “Ant-Man and the Wasp,” thanks to casting: The role is being played by Michelle Pfeiffer. As to what role she’ll play, how Pym might get her out of the Quantum Realm, or what she might be like when she returns, though, the trailer has given us no clues.

7. Bad guys are after Hank Pym’s building

In lieu of diving into the really big questions, this trailer presents a plot that seemingly revolves around a large building that Hank Pym is able to shrink. That building seems like the place where Hank stores all his important technology stuff, which is why bad guys including Walton Goggins have stolen it in the trailer.

The original “Ant-Man” was a heist movie, and it looks like “Ant-Man and the Wasp” probably is one too, with Hank hiring Luis (Michael Pena) and his crew to assist Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) and the Wasp (otherwise known as Hope van Dyne — played by Evangeline Lilly) in stealing it back. Which is a cool enough premise that we almost don’t even need to get into the “Infinity War”-related stuff. Almost.

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‘Vice Principals’ Co-Star Walton Goggins Says His Role Was Years In The Making – The Contenders Emmys

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Walton Goggins didn’t just walk into the role of Lee Russell in HBO’s Vice Principals. Instead, it took him years to land the part. The series, co-created by Jody Hill and Goggins’ co-star Danny McBride, earned Goggins a best supporting actor Critics’ Choice Award. It wrapped its two-season run at the end of last year.
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‘Tomb Raider’ Runs to $2.1 Million at Thursday Box Office

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Warner Bros. and MGM’s “Tomb Raider” grossed $2.1 million at the Thursday box office.

Inspired by Square-Enix’s 2013 reboot of the long-running video game series, the action film is looking at a start of $27-29 million from 3,854 screens, with WB projecting a start of $23-25 million against a reported budget of $90 million.

Valuable comps are “The Mummy,” which scored $2.7 million in previews before it grossed $31.8 million its opening weekend, and “Red Sparrow,” which earned $1.2 million in previews and $16.8 million over the weekend.

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“Tomb Raider” is expected to fight “Black Panther” for the No. 1 spot, after the latter has held first place at the box office for four consecutive weekends. With $1.09 billion grossed worldwide so far, “Black Panther” is expected to have a fifth weekend total in the high $20 million range.

Directed by Roar Uthaug, “Tomb Raider” features Alicia Vikander as Lara Croft as she goes off on her first adventure in search of her missing father (Dominic West). Walton Goggins, Daniel Wu, and Kristin Scott Thomas also star. It holds a score of 50 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.

Fox’s “Love, Simon” grossed $850,000 in previews on Thursday and is expected to open in the $10-$12 million range. In comparison, “Everything, Everything” grossed $525,000 in Thursday previews last year, and went on to earn $11.7 million its opening weekend.

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Based on the book “Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda” by Becky Albertalli, “Love, Simon” stars Nick Robinson as Simon Spier, a closeted gay teen who forms a relationship with an anonymous gay classmate online. His life is thrown into disarray when a blackmailer finds his online chats and threatens to out him to his family and school. Greg Berlanti directs the film, with Josh Duhamel, Jennifer Garner, Jorge Lendeborg, Jr., Katherine Langford and Alexandra Shipp also starring. The film currently holds a score of 89 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.

Lionsgate/Roadside Attractions’ faith-based film, “I Can Only Imagine,” is also opening this weekend. Based on the story behind the hit song of the same name by Christian rock band MercyMe, it stars J. Michael Finley as MercyMe vocalist Bart Millard and Dennis Quaid as his father, Arthur. The film is expected to open outside the top ten with a $2-4 million opening from 1,620 screens, with a reported budget of $7 million.

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The most interesting notion that the new “Tomb Raider” reboot has to offer apparently comes from the 2013 reimagining of the original ’90s video game: It gives us a Lara Croft who’s capable but not superhuman, making her more like Bruce Willis’ legendary John McClane (in the first few “Die Hard” movies, anyway) than the usual impenetrable war machines who so often anchor action flicks and video games.

This Lara (played by Alicia Vikander) is introduced to us in the film through two grueling physical challenges — which she loses. She responds with genuine terror and disgust when she is forced to kill in self-defense. And terrible things happen simply because she refuses to follow very explicit video-recorded instructions from her father Richard (Dominic West), who’s been long-missing and presumed dead.

Such a uniquely interesting character deserves more than a run-of-the-mill action franchise, but “Tomb Raider” is exactly that, a formulaic adventure so predictable and pre-ordained that it could have been written on one of the many maps the characters use. Nearly 40 years after “Raiders of the Lost Ark” and we’re still getting pits and spikes, spiders and snakes.

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(There’s one provocative reading that the film couldn’t be less interested in, which has to do with the way that these archaeology sagas all seem to stem from white people causing trouble by poking around in places they’ve been told to leave alone. If only Shuri from “Black Panther” could pop up to taunt these explorers with a tart “Colonizer.”)

When we meet Lara, she’s getting by on her wits and on her skills as a London bike courier, because to sign the papers that grant her an inheritance would be to acknowledge that Richard really isn’t coming home like he promised. She’s close to putting her name on the dotted line when a family factotum gives her a puzzle-box her father bequeathed her; inside is a clue and a key that unlocks a private workshop that shows that Richard was obsessed with finding a hidden island off the coast of Japan that houses the remains of a legendary goddess of death. Via camcorder, he begs Lara to destroy his research, but she instead uses it to track him down herself.

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In Hong Kong, Lara finds Lu Ren (Daniel Wu, “Into the Badlands”), a ship captain whose father took her father to the island, and she pays him to follow their path. They are buffeted about in stormy seas (the first in a series of over-the-top sequences) and wash ashore, only to find that the nefarious Mathias Vogel (Walton Goggins) has been there for seven years, leading an expedition to find the tomb himself. And now that Lara has delivered her father’s notes, it seems like they may open it, no matter how dangerous that might be to humanity.

Vikander is empathetic as a regular person who finds herself thrust into extraordinary circumstances, but once she gets on the island and escapes from the bad guys, Lara is basically the video-game character she’s always been, hopping in and out of scrapes. And while the Oscar-winner gets put through her paces, vets like Goggins and West (and Kristin Scott Thomas and Derek Jacobi) pop in for just enough time (and exert just enough energy) to collect a paycheck.

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Director Roar Uthaug (“The Wave”) piles on the flashy CG set pieces, from a rickety plane dangling over the top of a waterfall to the various tricks and traps of the tomb, but they feel more like elements for a snazzy trailer than scenes that actually create suspense or adrenaline. A zippy bike-chase through London early-on generates some promise for the film, but by the time we’re deep in the jungle, it’s very much the same-old, same-old.

Since the genre of video games-turned-into-feature films has inflicted some real doozies on audiences, “Tomb Raider” towers above most of its peers by being merely OK. By any other measure, this is a saga of fits and starts, and we can only hope for smoother sailing if the film inspires the sequels it clearly hopes to engender.



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Walton Goggins to star in CBS’s L.A. Confidential pilot

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CBS’s plans to revive James Ellroy’s L.A. Confidential for the small screen got a major injection of new talent today, with Deadline reporting that Walton Goggins has signed on to star in the series’ pilot. Goggins—lately of Vice Principals, but best known for his scene-stealing work in hard-bitten projects like The

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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.

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CBS’s description of the pilot promises an update to the story, giving it a “thoroughly 2018 treatment in terms of tone, music and style.” The story follows three homicide detectives, a female reporter and an up-and-coming actress, whose lives intersect as the detectives pursue a sadistic serial killer among the secrets and lies of gritty, glamorous 1950s Los Angeles.

It is produced by CBS Television Studios, New Regency and Lionsgate Television.

Goggins most recently starred on the History military drama “Six” and the HBO comedy “Vice Principals.” He is next set to appear opposite Alicia Vikander in the new “Tomb Raider” and the upcoming Marvel film “Ant-Man and the Wasp.” He is repped by ICM and Darris Hatch Management.

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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…