Lost Angels re-teams Darabont with The Walking Dead’s Jon Bernthal. In his one reference to his old job in the io9 interview, Darabont repeats his friend Sam Witwer’s (Being Human, The Mist) jab about Bernthal being freed from the “shackles” of The Walking Dead.
Darabont has high praise for Bernthal, remarking, “He projects this effortless masculine quality, which we don't have a lot of in movies anymore. He's definitely a throwback. He reminds me of, if you were to genetically mix John Garfield a young Charles Bronson this is the guy he's playing on screen. And it's not an effort for him, he projects this fantastic testosterone without showboating it...”
Darabont also tells io9 about Simon Pegg’s appearance in the Lost Angels pilot, explaining, “Simon Pegg, whom I adore, came and played a role for me in this pilot as an American. He plays a stand up comic in 1947. It's not a funny role. It's a serious role. He's laying down a dramatic performance in a flawless, American dialect of the era... People who are Simon Pegg fans will be blown away by what he has done in this. I am his friend, and I've always known he's a very good dramatic actor and I expected great things from him, even my expectations were knocked on my ass by how good he is. So, you have that to look forward to.”
TNT has yet to announce a debut date for Lost Angels, which also features Jeffrey DeMunn (The Walking Dead, The Shawshank Redemption), Jeremy Strong (The Happening, Lincoln), Neal McDonough (Captain America, Justified), Milo Ventimiglia (Heroes), Ron Rifkin (Alias, L.A. Confidential), Pihla Viitala (Tears of April) and Alexa Davalos (Angel, The Mist).