I've been following Walton Goggins' career ever since I first watched him in The Shield. He has since had a pretty successful career staring in Justified, The Hateful Eight, and the upcoming Tomb Raider movie just to name a few.
He's a fun actor that takes on great roles and he just landed a perfect role in CBS' upcoming series adaptation of James Ellroy’s 1990 noir novel L.A. Confidential. Goggins will play detective Jack Vincennes, who is described as follows:
“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.”
This character was previously played by Kevin Spacey in the 1997 Curtis Hanson-directed film adaptation of the book. The series will reportedly follow "three homicide detectives, a female reporter and a Hollywood actress. The detectives are following a serial killer who is operating in Los Angeles in the 1950s."
I read the book years ago and I loved it. I'm actually really curious about seeing how this series turns out. The series will be produced by Oscar-winner Arnon Milchan, who produced the original film, as well as Jordan Harper, who works on Gotham.
Ellroy has four novels in his "L.A. Quartet" series that are set in Los Angeles in the 1940s and 1950s. His other novels include The Black Dahlia, The Big Nowhere and White Jazz.
Here is the official description of the L.A. Confidential book:
L.A. Confidential is epic 'noir', a crime novel of astonishing detail and scope written by the bestselling author of The Black Dahlia. A horrific mass murder invades the lives of victims and victimizers on both sides of the law. And three lawmen are caught in a deadly spiral, a nightmare that tests loyalty and courage, and offers no mercy, grants no survivors.
If this series does well, maybe CBS will end up adapting all of these novels into series. If you haven' read any of them, you totally should!