HBO picks up its option, expands cast as shooting gets underway in New York

Filed under: Top Stories — John B. Bryans @ 1:36 pm

Dear Boardwalk Empire Enthusiast,

Last week was a big one for the upcoming Scorsese production for HBO. Three new cast members were announced, filming of the pilot began in New York City, and HBO officially picked up its option on the book by Nelson Johnson from Plexus Publishing, Inc.

Plexus cannot confirm that all of the following will make an appearance in the pilot episode, but this list reflects the current cast to the best of our knowledge, roughly in the order cast:

  • Steve Buscemi starring as Nucky Johnson
  • Kelly Macdonald as Margaret, an enterprising Irish immigrant
  • Michael Pitt as Jimmy Darmody, an ambitious punk in Nuckys gang
  • Michael Shannon as federal agent Van Alden
  • Stephen Graham as Al Capone
  • Vincent Piazza as Lucky Luciano
  • Aleksa Palladino as Angela Darmody, Jimmys wife
  • Paul Sparks as a bootlegging funeral director
  • Shea Whigham as Eli Johnson, a corrupt county sheriff
  • Anthony Laciura as Louis Kessel
  • Charisma Carpenter in an as-yet unnamed role
  • Ann Marie Seall as an Upper Class Babette
  • Michael Kenneth Williams as Chalky White, the de facto “mayor” of Chickenbone Beach
  • Paz de la Huerta as Lucy, Nucky’s wild girlfriend
  • Dabney Coleman as Commodore Kaestner, Nucky’s predecessor and mentor

As has been previously reported, Martin Scorsese is directing the pilot and is also a co-executive producer along with Mark Wahlberg, Stephen Levinson, and Tim Van Patten.