DC Universe’s upcoming TV series based on SWAMP THING have found their lead characters. Stuntman Derek Mears (Friday the 13th) has been cast as the titular creature while Andy Bean (It: Chapter Two) will take on his human role of Alec Holland.
Swamp Thing was created by DC’s Len Wein and legendary artist Bernie Wrightson.
Mears and Bean will join the already cast Maria Sten, Jeryl Prescott, Jennifer Beals, Virginia Madsen and Will Patton.
The plot centers on Abby Arcane (Crystal Reed) 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.
Bean’s Holland is caught in the cross-hairs when he discovers the mystery may be connected to his work in the swamp. That leads him into conflict with dark forces, from which he emerges as the elemental hero known as Swamp Thing. As the monster (Mears) struggles to hold onto his humanity, he must embrace what he has become in order to defend the town as well as the natural world at large.
The series will premiere in 2019 on the DC Universe digital subscription service. The series is from Warner Bros. Television in association with James Wan’s Atomic Monster shingle.
Mark Verheiden and Gary Dauberman wrote the script for the first episode and are executive producing with Wan, Michael Clear and Len Wiseman; Rob Hackett is co-producer. Wiseman is directing.