HBO's 'Boardwalk Empire' Adds Oscar Nominee
Michael Shannon joins Scorsese-directed pilot
Shannon, whose scene-stealing performance in "Revolutionary Road" earned him a best supporting actor nomination last week, has joined the cast of "Boardwalk Empire" at the premium cable network. Vincent Piazza has also joined the pilot, while elsewhere, Billy Campbell has joined NBC's project "Lost in the '80s," according to The Hollywood Reporter.
"Boardwalk Empire," written by "Sopranos" alum Terence Winter and to be directed by Martin Scorsese, tells the story of Prohibition-era Atlantic City, N.J., and centers on a bootlegger named Nucky Johnson (Steve Buscemi). Shannon, whose credits also include "Before the Devil Knows You're Dead" and "World Trade Center," will play a Treasury agent who's trying to stem the flow of illegal liquor.
Piazza, who's had recurring parts on "Rescue Me" and "The Sopranos," will play gangster Lucky Luciano.
Over at NBC, Campbell ("The 4400," "Once and Again") will star in "Lost in the '80s," a "Wonder Years"-esque dramedy set in the 1980s. He'll play the patriarch of the family at the show's center, a car dealer and father of four.