Last year, DC’s has announced that they are going to make “Swamp Thing” into TV series. Now, we have a good news about the actors who will play the titular character.
The upcoming “Swamp Thing” series at DC Universe has found their lead actors. The studio has casted Andy Bean as series regular character Alec Holland, and Derek Mears as the titular character, Swamp Thing.
Andy Bean’s character, Alec Holland, is a passionate biologist who finds himself in nightmarish circumstances as he realizes that the bizarre disease affecting townspeople may have come as a result of his work in the swamp. This discovery that leads him to confront dark swamp forces which swallow him up, only to emerge as the hero known as Swamp Thing.
While Derek Mears plays Alec Holland’s new form after he is transformed into the Swamp Thing, struggling to hold onto his human identity. He quickly learns that he must embrace his new mutant form and defend the town against the perils of the swamp from whence he came.
Regarding the form of Swamp Thing itself, Co-writer Gary Dauberman has said that the Swamp Thing suit will be a physical costume, which he claims looks incredible and will be “less of the ‘man in suit’ that you’ve seen in the movie and the other TV show.” Dauberman has also said that DC has been giving them a lot of creative freedom, even encouraging them to go as graphic as they want and push the series into hard R territory.
“We always set out to make Swamp Thing as hard R as we could and go graphic with the violence, with the adult themes and make it as scary as possible. Because we’re doing it through the DC streaming service, they really pushed us, although they didn’t have to push hard, for us to go as extreme as we could. We really took our inspiration from the Alan Moore run in Swamp Thing, this landmark I think run. Fans of that series will know it gets pretty weird and extreme and scary. We really wanted to live up to that standard that Moore set up back in the ‘80s.”
The story follows Abby Arcane (Crystal Reed) as she investigates what appears to be a deadly swamp-born virus in the small Louisiana town of Marais. She soon discovers that what lurks in the swamp is more sinister than meets the eye. Other cast members include Jennifer Beals, Will Patton, Virginia Madsen, and Maria Sten.
“Swamp Thing” is based on DC characters originally created by Len Wein and Bernie Wrightson. The series is produced by Atomic Monster in association with Warner Bros. Television. Len Wiseman will direct the first episode, which premieres in 2019.