The majority of Walking Dead fans disliked the character Shane Walsh, the hot-headed best friend of Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) but have nothing but love for the actor, Jon Bernthal. He did an outstanding job in his portrayal of Walsh, and fans have often wondered how he would stand against some of the other villains in the series. Bernthal has been a busy guy since leaving The Walking Dead and has been cast in a new HBO limited series We Own This City.
Deadline has reported that Bernthal, Josh Charles and Jamie Hector have been cast as the leads in this limited series for HBO. The series will be based on a novel by Justin Fenton, We Own This City: A True Story of Crime, Cops and Corruption.
The novel takes a deep dive into events that took place in Baltimore in 2015 when a 25 yr old black man, Freddie Gray, died in police custody. During this same time, crime surged, and the murder count was the highest the city has seen in two decades. While the police department was under heavy scrutiny and FBI investigations, Sergeant Wayne Jenkins of theGun Trace Task Force was given the job of getting drugs and guns off the streets. Unfortunately, during the investigations, it was discovered that this task force was ripe with corruption.
The limited series is scheduled to start production in July 2021.
Will Jon Bernthal ever return as Frank Castle, aka The Punisher?
The Punisher is a character that Bernthal has received high praise for. His portrayal of this character in the Netflix series The Punisher and the Daredevil series was everything fans of the comic book character could have hoped for. Ever since the Netflix series was canceled, fans have longed to see this Bernthal take up this role once again.
The website Geekosity reports that The Punisher will return in Disney Plus’ Moon Knight that stars Oscar Issacs as the titular character. Unfortunately, they haven’t sighted a source for this information, so perhaps it is only wishful thinking? But reading what they have to say would make a cool addition to that series. Fans of Bernthal and his character have got to be excited at this possibility.
Be sure to check Bernthal out in his other recent and upcoming projects. He is known for his work on Ford v Ferrari, Those Who Want Me Dead, The Wolf of Wall Street, and Baby Driver. And has upcoming parts in The Sopranos prequel film The Many Saints of Newark, King Richard and a modern adaptation of the 80s film American Gigolo.