HBO’s critically acclaimed Prohibition-era drama “Boardwalk Empire” is eliminating a popular character from the lineup, TVLine.com reports.
Lucy Danziger, played by Paz de la Huerta, has been cut from the mobster show, with HBO opting not to pick up Huerta’s third-season contract option, the story reports.
Lucy was introduced in the first season as the mistress of Nucky, played by Steve Buscemi. The character spent the second season pregnant and living with the baby’s father, Michael Shannon’s Van Alden, but after having the baby, she went out for formula and never returned, the story says.
She’s the fourth original cast member to be eliminated from the third season, the piece notes, following three characters who were whacked in season two — played by Michael Pitt, Dabney Coleman and Aleksa Palladino.
A number of new characters will be brought aboard to help fill the void, including a new rival for Nucky to be played by Bobby Cannavale, as previously reported.