Complete rundown of known cast for James Lee Burke’s In the Electric Mist (with Confederate Dead)

Goodman, Sizemore and others join in the cinematic fun.

“The image of the dead girl’s body lingered in detective Dave Robicheaux’s mind as he drove home. After seeing the young victim’s corpse, the last thing he needed to come across was a drunk driver. But when he saw the Cadillac fishtail across the road, Robicheaux knew the driver was in trouble. What Dave didn’t realize, was that by pulling the car over, he was opening his murder case wider than he could ever imagine.

“The driver, Elrod Sykes, in New Iberia to star in a movie, leads Dave to the skeletal remains of a black man that had washed up in the Atchafalaya swamp. So begins a mystery that takes Dave back to an unsolved murder — a murder that he witnessed in 1957. Haunted by the past as he confronts the gruesome present – day rape and murder of young prostitutes, Robicheaux must also contend with a new partner from the F.B.I., and the local criminal gentry. But for Dave, the answers he seeks lie somewhere in the bayou mist with the ghosts of soldiers long since forgotten… “

I have run a couple of pieces on the film version of James Lee Burke’s IN THE ELECTRIC MIST (WITH THE CONFEDERATE DEAD). Since the last one, I have a few more names, some notable names, to add to the list.

So here is a rundown of everyone that I know is in the film.

Tommy Lee Jones is heading up the cast as detective Dave Robicheaux. Dave is a police officer in New Iberia, Louisiana. He lives with his wife Bootsie and their adopted daughter Alafair.

Jones won an Academy Award and a Golden Globe for his portrayal of Marshal Samuel Gerard in THE FUGATIVE, a film that will be famous if only for being one of the last films to star Harrison Ford while he actually cared about his acting. Jones was also nominated for an Oscar for his supporting role in Oliver Stone’s JFK.

Jones also won an Emmy for playing convicted killer Greg Gilmore in 1982’s THE EXECUTIONER’S SONG.

His first notable performance was opposite Faye Dunaway in THE EYES OF LAURA MARS.

Legendary musician Levon Helm will play confederate General John Bell Hood. Helm is best known as a member of the Rock n Roll Hall of Famers The Band.

Helm has worked with Jones before in A Coal Miner’s Daughter and The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada.

In Electric Dead, Dave sees visions of the long dead general of the Confederate Army.

Also starring in the film is Ned Beatty as Twinky Lemoyne, an owner of a local sugar refinery and co-owner of a security firm. He is also an investor in the movie that is filming in town. Robicheaux suspects Twinky of having ties with Baby Feet Balboni, local mobster that Dave suspects in the killing of some prostitutes.

Ned Betty has been nominated for the Oscar as well as for Golden Globe and Emmy awards. His most notable roles have been in Superman (sidekick to Gene Hackman’s Lex Luthor), Network (where he snagged said Oscar nomination), Nashville (Delbert Reese, Lily Tomlin’s lawyer husband) and television’s Homicide: Life on the Street (Det. Stan Bolander).
While Beatty has been in a ton of movies, he has been immortalized for his very first film performance as the guy made to squeal like a pig in Deliverance. Seriously, Ned could win ten Oscars and still be remembered for that role. I wonder how many folks still ask him to squeal.

John Goodman is Baby Feet Balboni. Baby Feet is a brutal crime boss that also has a stake in the film. He and Dave grew up together. Dave considers him the lead suspect in the murders of several prostitues.

Goodman played Tom, husband of Roseanne in the sitcom Roseanne and racked up eight Emmy nominations while on the show (he also was nominated for his leading role on the miniseries Kingfish: A Story of Huey P. Long). His film career has had it’s ups (Barton Fink, Monsters Inc and Oh Brother Where art thou?) and it’s downs (King Ralph, The Flintstones and The Blues Brothers 2000).


Tom Sizemore is Det. Lou Girard
. Lou is a friend of Dave’s. This is not surprising as the two are very similar; both are good, honest cops. Lou’s life is in shambles as he is still struggling with his wife leaving him. He contacts Dave when he finds a victim whose murder is similar to one that Dave is investigating.
On the occasions when he is sober (and not in jail), Tom generally plays grade A bad asses in films like Saving Private Ryan (Sergeant Mike Horvath), Black Hawk Down (Ranger Lt. Col. Danny McKnight) and Heat (Michael, part of Robert De Niro’s crew of bank robbers).

His first film role was as a prison inmate (Dallas) in Sylvester Stallone’s Lock Up. How Ironic.

Peter Skarsgaard is playing Elrod T. Sykes. Sykes is a movie star and lead in the film that is being shot in town. Dave pulls him over for drunken driving. Elrod, an alcoholic whose self-destructive nature is clear, tries to get out of a ticket by sharing info on a body he spotted. The body brings back a very old case that Dave has a personal connection to.

Peter played Mark, sidekick to Andrew (Zach Braff) in Garden State and also starred in the underrated thriller The Dying Gaul as well as the gripping Boys don’t Cry. He was nominated for a Golden Globe for 2003’s Shattered Glass.

His big screen debut was in Dead Man Walking.

Kelly MacDonald is playing Kelly Drummond. Kelly is the female lead in the film, and is Elrod’s girlfriend. She is with Elrod when he is pulled over.

Kelly made her debut in impressive fashion, seducing Ewen McGregor in Trainspotting. She had focal role in Robert Altman’s fantastic Gosford Park, playing Mary, servant to Maggie Smith’s Constance Trentham , who sort of walks us through the film.

She picked up an Emmy, and was nominated for a Golden Globe, for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie for The Girl in the Café in 2005.

Justina Machado is FBI agent Rosie Gomez. Rosie is sent to New Iberia and works with Dave.

Justina played Vanessa Diaz, the wife of Federico Diaz (Freddie Rodriguez) in HBO’s Sex Feet Under. She, along with the rest of the cast, won the Screen Actor’s Guide Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series in 2001.

Mary Steenburgen is indeed playing Bootsie Robicheux, Dave’s wife. Bootsie is described as “intelligent, sensual, well-read and pragmatic. She helps Dave with the bait and boat shop. She is fearful that Dave’s involvement in the investigation of these murders will fuel his dark side.

Mary won an Oscar and a Golden Globe for her supporting role in 1980’s Melvin and Howard. She has appeared in such films as Powder, What’s Eating Gilbet Grape and Philadelphia. She most recently starred in the television series Joan of Arcadia.

John Sayles is playing Michael Goldman, the director of the film within this film. Sayles has twice been nominated for an Oscar for his screenplays for Lone Star and Passion Fish. He is a very talented director that tends toward independent ensemble films.

Pruitt Taylor Vince is Detective Lou Girard. Lou is an old friend of Dave’s. Described as sort of a “run down version of Dave,” Lou finds a body that was similarly murdered to the one Dave is investigating.

Lou is very loyal to Dave and willing to risk his own life for his friend.

Vince is a character actor that has appeared in dozens of films including Angel Heart (his first real film role), Beautiful Girls, Identity and Natural Born Killers.
He won an Emmy for his guest appearance on Murder One.

James Gammon is also on board. Gammon is best known for playing Lou Brown, coach of the hapless Cleveland Indians in the comedy Major League.

French filmmaker Bertrand Tavernier (Round Midnight) is directing, with husband/wife team Jerzy Kromolowski and Mary Olson-Kromolowski providing the script. The couple previously wrote The Pledge for Sean Penn.

Round Midnight has wonderful atmosphere. Tavernier should do a great job of giving the film a fantastic vibe, allowing the Louisiana setting to become a major part of the film. He has won numerous major awards around the world, including the Bafta Award (British Academy Film Awards) and the The César award (Main film award in France) as well as awards in Italy, Denmark, Japan, Turkey, Norway and Spain.

In the Electric Mist recently started filming and is scheduled to be released on Dec 10th of this year.

This one looks like it might be done right.