As if the Boardwalk Empire cast wasn’t already growing by impressive leaps and bounds with new series regular Ron Livingston as Roy Phillips, recurring characters Domenick Lombardozzi as Al Capone’s older brother, Ralph and Brian Geraghty as Prohibition agent Loren Knox, Deadline just reported that Patricia Arquette will have a major recurring role opposite Steve Buscemi as Sally Wheet, a “tough-as-nails Tampa speakeasy owner with connections to local gangsters.”
Best known for her role as Allison Dubois on Medium with her ability to talk to the dead and raise a family of similarly suited daughters while maintaining a realistic and loving marriage for the duration of the series, Patricia comes from a family of talented actors. Two of her siblings, brother David Arquette and sister Rosanna Arquette are successful actors and producers in their own right and both made guest appearances on Medium.
Boardwalk Empire marks Ms. Arquette’s first major appearance in a television series since Medium ended in 2011.
Boardwalk Empire follows the story of Enoch “Nucky” Thompson (based on the historical Enoch L. Johnson) a political figure who rose to prominence and controlled Atlantic City, New Jersey, during the Prohibition period of the 1920s and 1930s. It seems to me that having another contact the likes of Ms. Wheet will be beneficial to Nucky, as he’ll need all the help he can get going into Season 4. At the end of Season 3, we saw the gang holed up in Atlantic City during a major gang war on that was relying on the strength of Nucky’s negotiation strength by telephone.
Since so many cast members are being added, we know at lest Nucky gets out alive, but how the Feds and everyone else will fare after the outburst will be fun to watch as we delve into Season 4. I’m still wondering what kind of ulterior motives a Prohibition agent could have. Can’t wait to find out!