DC Universe has officially found its Swamp Thing to lead a new live action series.
Created back in 1971 by Len Wein and Bernie Wrightson, the character found its fan following in the 1980s, when Alan Moore made his name with a Swamp Thing series of comics. He’s since been brought to the screen by Wes Craven in 1982, and also a 1990s show for USA Network. Now, DC Universe is bringing him to screens in the modern era of TV, as part of its growing line-up of original programmes on the subscription streaming platform.
The show follows Abby Arcane as she investigates what seems to be a deadly swamp-born virus in a small town in Louisiana but soon discovers that the swamp holds mystical and terrifying secrets. When unexplainable and chilling horrors emerge from the murky marsh, no one is safe.
The programme has lined up an impressive cast, with Will Patton (Armageddon, The Punisher, 24) playing Avery Sunderland, a businessman who hides a ruthless determination to harness the power of the swamp for profit – in the comics, he was responsible for capturing the Swamp Thing with the intention of dissecting him. He’s joined by Oscar nominee Virginia Madsen (Sideways) as his wife, Maria Sunderland, a new character created for the show, Jeryl Prescott as Madame Xanadu, Jennifer Beals as Sheriff Lucilia Cable and Crystal Reed as Abby Arcane.
Now, DC Universe has confirmed that it has found the man to take on the job of playing Swamp Thing itself – or, to be exact, the two men to do so. Andy Bean (Power, Her and Now) and Derek Mears (Predators, Sleep Hollow, The Flash) have been cast in the series. Bean will play Alec Holland, the scientist whose research leads to his demise and rebirth as the hero, while Mears will play Swamp Thing that emerges as a result.
Described as a passionate biologist, Alec Holland becomes caught in the crosshairs of a small town nightmare when he discovers a bizarre local illness may be connected to his work in the swamp. Holland’s discovery leads him into conflict with dark forces, from which he emerges as the elemental figure known as Swamp Thing.
The show is produced by Atomic Monster in association with Warner Bros. TV, with James Wan, Mark Verheiden, Gary Dauberman, Michael Clear and Len Wiseman on board as Executive Producers. It will premiere on DC Universe in the USA in 2019, joining a line-up of original content that includes Doom Patrol, Young Justice, Harley Quinn and Titans, a gritty live-action take on the Teen Titans franchise. The latter will premiere at a future date on Netflix outside of the USA – whether that means Swamp Thing will do the same is yet to be confirmed, as DC Universe decides whether to launch its platform internationally or syndicate its content elsewhere.
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