Practically a shoe-in for a second season after the Martin Scorsese-directed pilot aired on HBO last year, Boardwalk Empire is announcing the casting of more famous gangsters set to appear in the series as filming on season two nears.
One tantalizing bit of casting news is the announcement that the role of Benjamin ‘Bugsy’ Siegel has gone to Rescue Me actor, Michael Zegen.
As made apparent by the above picture, Zegen will clearly portray a much younger and less experienced Siegel than the one Warren Beatty portrayed in the 1991 Barry Levinson film Bugsy. In fact, age is the reason Zegen’s ‘Bugsy’ will go by the more familiar version of Siegel’s first name, ‘Benny,’ instead of the moniker that would eventually make him infamous – as that nickname wasn’t adopted until the late 1930s.
This younger take on the ‘Bugsy’ character, described as a “tough, smart urban kid,” sounds like it will bring even more fuel to the slow burn that is Boardwalk Empire.