Boardwalk Empire casts another crooked criminal

Feb 3, 2012 at 10:10 p.m. ET

Trouble's on the horizon for Boardwalk Empire. The HBO drama has cast a new villain and it's Bobby Cannavale. The Will and Grace alum will play a slick crook who has it out for Nucky Thompson.

Bobby CannavaleAre Nucky Thompson's days numbered? Next season, Boardwalk Empire will introduce a new threat to his criminal reign -- Bobby Cannavale. The Emmy Award-winning actor will play the latest thorn in the politician's side.

According to Deadline, Cannavale's character is "Gyp Rosetti, a charming but ruthless gangster," who gets under Nucky's skin.

Cannavale is a seasoned television, stage and film actor who's been in high demand over the past decade.

He won a Primetime Emmy in 2005 for his guest appearance on Will and Grace, and recently wrapped a 10-episode arc on Showtime's Nurse Jackie. Some of his film credits include The Station Agent, The Other Guys and the upcoming Lovelace biopic.

After the shocking death of Boardwalk's beloved Jimmy Darmody (Michael Pitt), the drama is in need of new blood. Aside from Steve Buscemi's Nucky, Jimmy was the show's biggest character. And with him gone there's a vacancy waiting to be filled.

Series creator Terence Winter told Entertainment Weekly that there will be several changes next season. The most drastic being a time jump from 1921 to 1923. It's a creative decision he believes will intensify the bootlegging drama.

"It was an exciting year," said Winter. "All the people who stockpiled liquor started to run out, so competition between bootleggers became really fierce."

Boardwalk Empire has consistently kept viewers on their toes. Critics and fans agree that the second season was just as phenomenal as the first. Last week, the show won the SAG Award for Best Drama Ensemble and Best Actor (Buscemi), which it also snagged in 2011.

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