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ANGEL’s Lightning Lass, Alexa Davalos, Is The Female Lead In Frank Darabont’s Cops-And-Gangsters L.A. NOIR Pilot!!

I am – Hercules!!

Alexa Davalos, who memorably restored the title character’s heartbeat on Joss Whedon’s vampire detective series “Angel,” has landed the female lead in Frank Darabont’s period cops-and-gangsters pilot “L.A. Noir.”

The series is about the associates and pursuers of 1940s Hollywood gangster Mickey Cohen (still uncast for the pilot, but played in “Bugsy” by Harvey Keitel). It’s based on John Buntin’s “L.A. Noir: The Struggle For The Soul Of America’s Most Seductive City.”

Davalos will star in “Noir” as Jasmine, a hottie with baggage, opposite Milo Ventimiglia (“Heroes”), Jon Bernthal (“The Walking Dead”) and Neal McDonough (“Justified”).

Darabont, writer-director of period prison dramas “The Shawshank Redemption” and “The Green Mile” as well as “The Mist,” masterminded AMC’s “Walking Dead” series until he was fired last summer.

Darabont first worked with Davalos on “The Mist,” in which she was cast as grocery store clerk Sally. She played Kyra in “The Chronicles of Riddick” and Andromeda in “Clash of the Titans.”

On the fourth season of “Angel,” Davalos recurred as sexy Gwen Raiden, who could subdue foes and romantic conquests aliike with her lightning powers.


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  • March 16, 2012, 4:37 a.m. CST

    First a

    by crazybubba

    First and really looking forward to this show

  • March 16, 2012, 5:16 a.m. CST

    looks too pale without makeup

    by Titus05

    she needs to get a tan

  • March 16, 2012, 5:35 a.m. CST

    nice. liked her

    by rakesh patel

    though those angel eps were 10 years ago! She was in the mist. good to see darabont keeping track and employing those people he's worked with before. loyalty it seems pays off with this man.

  • March 16, 2012, 5:58 a.m. CST

    love me some Davalos

    by goatboy500

    Also, what with Darabont's involvement, and my love for James Ellroys's LA Quartet (which includes LA Confidential and The Black Dahlia) I'm REALLY looking forward to this.

  • March 16, 2012, 6:33 a.m. CST

    Can't go wrong with red rubber...

    by dj_bollocks

    Nothing to see here...

  • March 16, 2012, 8:43 a.m. CST

    Feast of Love

    by Stormshadow4life


  • March 16, 2012, 10:52 a.m. CST

    Gwen gotta eat!

    by oisin5199

    like Kate, definitely feel like Gwen's character was a missed opportunity on Angel. I liked when she returned in the comics.

  • March 16, 2012, 11:26 a.m. CST

    nice tits for a girl

    by Michael Lunney

  • March 16, 2012, 11:35 a.m. CST

    I agree with you, oisin5199.

    by Fremen

    Kate and Gwen should've been utilized more in Angel. Missed the comics, though. -- I loved her character on Chronicles, though I don't think they should have made Jack as pretty, since she wasn't in Pitch Black. No offense to that other actress.

  • March 16, 2012, 3:58 p.m. CST

    Awesome news. She's very hot and a great actress

    by torontoxic

  • March 16, 2012, 4:23 p.m. CST


    by ATARI

  • March 16, 2012, 5:01 p.m. CST

    Hot, sure...

    by JonJonB9

    but Gwen was a shit character in bad episodes, so it was difficult to accurately gauge if she's any good as an actress.

  • March 16, 2012, 7:25 p.m. CST

    How long till Jeffery Demunn shows up?

    by sunwukong86

    Since he's been in every one of Darabont's films

  • March 16, 2012, 8:22 p.m. CST

    Didn't know Frank Darabont was doing another tv show!

    by Jaka

    That's bigger news than this lovely lass being cast in it. Hopefully he learned something about TV pacing and will knock this one out of the park.

  • March 16, 2012, 10:05 p.m. CST

    Does she play the German chick Cole bangs?

    by textual

    Yeah, yeah...I know it's not based on the game.

  • March 16, 2012, 10:29 p.m. CST

    titus05 - yeah, sure.

    by Dharma4

    Shame she's not up to your standards, huh? -Namaste-

  • March 17, 2012, 12:39 a.m. CST

    She is so fucking yummy

    by Queefer Sutherland

    And she can vamp it up (not an Angel reference) really well. She'll be great in the show. It's so sad she has no idea how much she wants me.

  • Yeah, I love this chick. totally watching this show now for sure.

  • March 17, 2012, 5:09 a.m. CST

    Good choice

    by Extr3m1st

    She was also in that show Reunion. I liked that show a lot, and she was pretty hot in it as was Amanda Righetti.

  • March 17, 2012, 8:14 a.m. CST


    by adml_shake

    You prefer nice tits on a guy?

  • March 18, 2012, 10:17 a.m. CST

    re: "You prefer nice tits on a guy?"

    by jim

    That John Goodman is stacked!

  • March 18, 2012, 11:23 a.m. CST

    LA Noire

    by volcanopele2

    Not sure whether I should sad or happy this isn't based on the video game...