One of the great things about the Atlantic City-set Prohibition drama “Boardwalk Empire” is its cast, which is headed by Steve Buscemi and features a bevy of New York stage actors. Set in New Jersey’s Atlantic City during prohibition, the HBO drama lost several important characters over the course of the second season but none as substantial as the one who took two to the head in the late moments of the season finale. His or her name shall be spared for the sake of spoilers, for a few more sentences at least, but it’s not giving anything away by saying that Bobby Cannavale’s Gyp Rosetti looks to be a formidable new contender for control of bootlegging on the Boardwalk.
HBO recently released a few clips from “Resolution,” the third season premiere of Boardwalk Empire, which airs this weekend, and the first one introduces us to Nucky’s newest problem after he put those two little holes in Jimmy’s head. I told you only a few more sentences! I don’t know how the show could possible dream of replacing someone as gifted as Michael Pitt but Cannavale is a fine place to start. Take a look at the scene where “Gyp Rosetti Arrives at the New Year’s Eve Party.” So HBO doesn’t title their clips as well as they write their shows, sue ’em.
Despite carrying around a dog, Gyp doesn’t seem the playful type and he definitely didn’t take to being interrupted or squeezed by the cheek. No one likes being squeezed by the cheek, which I’m sure Nucky knows, especially in front of major players in the illegal alcohol business like Lucky, Lansky, Rothstein and George Remus. The next clip [courtesy ScreenCrush] puts us in a closed florist in Chicago where two of our returning characters have an unlikely meeting. Or, as it would seem, increasingly more likely. Here’s “Capone and Van Alden.”
It’s exciting to see that Van Alden, sorry, Tommy is still involved in the criminal underworld in some capacity and wow, is Michael Shannon an imposing dude. However, I don’t think that one meeting will be enough to keep Stephen Graham’s Al Capone from coming back after being treated so flippantly. At least, I hope so.
If you remember, in the first two seasons, we were treated to Tony Nominee Michael Stuhlbarg (The Pillowman) as real-life Jewish mafioso Arnold Rothstein (a role he continues to play this season) and Paul Sparks (MTC’s Pumpgirl ,Atlantic Theatre Company’s Dusk Rings A Bell) as Irish bootlegger Mickey Doyle.
This season most viewers are looking forward to seeing Shannon as the zealous federal agent Nelson Van Alden, who is hot off a sold-out run of Uncle Vanya at Soho Rep.
We had the pleasure of working with Bobby Cannavale on The Motherf**ker with the Hat and we can’t wait to see him sink his teeth into the villainous role of Italian gangster Gyp Rosetti. Cannavale will also be returning to Broadway this season in not one but two play revivals. This fall, he stars as Ricky Roma in Glengarry Glen Ross, then we’ll be working with him again on the Roundabout’s revival of Clifford Odets’ The Big Knifein the spring.
Tune into HBO on Sunday, September 16th at 9 pm for Season 3 of “Boardwalk Empire!”