The second season of HBO’s smash-hit period piece Boardwalk Empire is scheduled to arrive this fall. In addition to the recently cast Michael Zegen, William Forsythe and Charlie Cox have also been added to the cast.
Forsythe will play Manny Horvitz, a Philadelphia mobster looking to expand his turf into Atlantic City. Cox will play a yet unamed Irish gangster with connections to the Irish Republican Army, which was in its infancy during that time period.
Forsyth is no stranger to gangster dramas, as he played big boss Al Capone on the TV adaptation of The Untouchables in the ’90s and another prohibition gangster in Once Upon A Time In America almost 30 years ago. His resume is littered with beat cops, detectives and other tough guy roles, including The Devil’s Rejects and The Rock. His only other recurring role was the mystery series John Doe.
Cox is less experienced, as his most recognizable role was a lead in the fantasy film Stardust in 2007. Cox does have experience with Italian-themed period pieces, playing in both Casanova and The Merchant of Venice.
The only other new actor and role announced so far season 2 is Michael Zegen as famous LA mobster Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel. Considering the early announcement of the Rescue Me actor’s casting, expect Bugsy to play a major role in Season 2.
As far as I can tell, Forsythe’s character is fictional, and while Siegel was very real, his most famous exploits were in the west. While technically a historical drama, Boardwalk Empire doesn’t feel the need to walk the accuracy line too closely. Not that that’s a criticism: a little breathing room is a good thing when dealing with an episodic plot.
Boardwalk Empire premiered to a record 4.8 million viewers last fall, and kept consistent numbers through its twelve-episode run. The show won immediate acclaim and snagged two Golden Globes for Best Drama and a Best Actor win for Steve Buscemi. It’ll be a long wait for the season 2 premiere, but fans can pick up the Season 1 DVD or Blu-ray soon.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter