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Casting News for Alan Ball's All Signs of Death





Ben Whishaw to Star in All Signs of Death for HBOWith "True Blood" chugging along quite nicely toward the end of its Season Three run, it seems Alan Ball has enough time on his hands to start prepping his next series for HBO, "All Signs of Death", which is based on the Charlie Huston crime noir novel The Mystic Arts of Erasing All Signs of Death. Word recently came down as to whom Ball has cast to appear in the pilot, and things are looking quite good indeed.

According to Deadline Hollywood Ben Whishaw (pictured, Perfume: The Story of a Murderer), Clayne Crawford ("24"), Mercedes Masöhn (Quarantine 2: Terminal ), Ron Yuan ("Prison Break"), Jeremy Ray Valdez (The Obama Effect), Mahershalalhashbaz Ali (Predators), and Kelsey Ford (Vampires Suck) are all confirmed for the pilot, which is being executive produced and directed by Ball.

Here's the book's synopsis, which, given that Huston himself is writing the script for the TV pilot, will probably be followed rather closely, at least initially:

With his teaching career derailed by tragedy and his slacker days numbered, Webster Fillmore Goodhue (Whishaw) makes an unlikely move and joins Clean Team, charged with tidying up L.A.'s grisly crime scenes. For Web, it's a steady gig, and he soon finds himself sponging a Malibu suicide's brains from a bathroom mirror and flirting with the man's bereaved and beautiful daughter (Masöhn).

Then things get weird: The dead man's daughter asks a favor. Every cell in Web's brain tells him to turn her down, but something makes him hit the Harbor Freeway at midnight to help her however he can. Soon enough it's Web who needs the help when gun-toting California cowboys start showing up on his doorstep. What's the deal? Is it something to do with what he cleaned up in that motel room in Carson? Or is it all about the brewing war between rival trauma cleaners? Web doesn't have a clue, but he'll need to get one if he's going to keep from getting his face kicked in. Again. And again. And again.

Filming is slated to start filming in Los Angeles later this month so keep it here for more as it comes.

- Uncle Creepy

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