Andy Bean joins DC Universe’s Swamp Thing as Alec Holland
DC Universe’s adaptation of Swamp Thing has just found its Alec Holland in the form of IT: Chapter Two‘s Andy Bean. Bean’s character, Holland, is a biologist who discovers the horrible fact that his work in a local swamp may have affected the townspeople with a rare and bizarre disease and in an effort to fix his mistakes confronts dark forces in the swamp, some of which consume him and turn him into the titular hero, who fights to defend the town against other dark perils while also struggling with his own human identity.
Bean joins Will Patton as Avery Sutherland Crystal Reed as Abby Arcane, Maria Sten as Liz Tremayne, Jeryl Prescott as Madame Xanadu, Jennifer Beals as Sheriffe Lucilia Cable, and Virginia Madsen as Maria Sunderland. Also now committing to the lead role of the titular monster is The Flash‘s Derek Mears.
The live-action DC Universe adaptation of the classic antihero originally created by Len Wein and Bernie Wrightson will be executive produced by Len Wiseman (Sleepy Hollow) who will also direct the pilot. Mark Verheiden (Battlestar Galactica, Netflix’s Daredevil) and Gary Dauberman (It) are attached to co-write the series and act as showrunners, with James Wan (Aquaman) set to executive-produce the series alongside Verheiden, Dauberman, and Michael Clear.
Swamp Thing made his comic book debut back in 1971 and has maintained his position as a staple of the DCU since then, including seminal runs written by Alan Moore, Brian K. Vaughan, Mark Millar, and Scott Snyder. The character was previously adapted into a feature film from Wes Craven in 1982, which spawned a sequel seven years later, and a USA Network series that ran for three seasons in the early ’90s. Dick Durock took on the role in both the films and the series. An animated Swamp Thing series also debuted in the early ’90s but only aired five episodes.
Should Swamp Thing be picked up to series, it would join Titans in the live-action sector of DC Universe and other original series (albeit animated) Young Justice: Outsiders and Harley Quinn.
Swamp Thing comes from James Wan’s Atomic Monster in association with Warner Bros. Television. The pilot is set to premiere in 2019 on the DC Universe digital subscription service.
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