If you haven’t heard by now, the DC universe has unveiled its plans for a TV series centered around the highly popular comic Swamp Thing. Based on original characters created by Len Wein and Bernie Wrightson, the script is being crafted by writers Gary Dauberman (IT, The Nun) and Mark Verheiden (Ash vs Evil Dead).
After rumors of Len Wiseman (Underworld, Total Recall) being slated to direct the series’ pilot episode were confirmed, Splash Report has now stated that Derek Mears (Friday the 13th, Hatchet 3) is up for the iconic role of the grotesque Swamp Thing creature.
“The series follows U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) researcher Abby Arcane as she returns to her childhood home of Houma, Louisiana, in order to investigate a deadly swamp-borne virus. There, she bonds with scientist Alec Holland, only to have him tragically taken from her.
But as powerful forces descend on Houma, intent on exploiting the swamp’s mysterious properties for their own purposes, Abby will discover that the swamp holds mystical secrets — both horrifying and wondrous, that could potentially bring the love of her life back to her.”
While the role of Dr. Alec Holland has yet to be cast, Gotham co-star Crystal Reed is being brought on for the character of Abby Arcane, along with actress Maria Sten as Abby’s old high school friend and bartender Liz Tremayne.
Known primarily for his incredible work as a stuntman, you may not recognize Mears because he’s been hidden behind the legendary Jason Voorhees hockey mask in the remake of Friday the 13th, or the infamous alien helmet in Predators.
Filming for Swamp Thing the TV series is set to start sometime in the fall, with a premier date aiming for late 2019.
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