Another day, another piece of casting news for DC Universe’s Swamp Thing.
Hot on the heels of Derek Mears and Andy Bean being confirmed for the show, now comes word (via Deadline) that Riverdale’s Henderson Wade has landed the series regular role of Matt Cable. That character is pegged as “a Louisiana lawman who finds himself in dire straits when supernatural evil threatens the town he’s sworn to protect.”
In addition to Mears playing the titular Elemental and Bean playing his human alter ego of Alec Holland, Swamp Thing’s impressive ensemble also includes Crystal Reed, Jennifer Beals, Jeryl Prescott, Virginia Madsen, Maria Sten, and then Will Patton as the show’s ‘big bad’.
The early word on Swamp Thing reads:
The drama follows what happens when CDC researcher Abby Arcane returns to her childhood home of Houma, Louisiana in order to investigate a deadly swamp-borne virus. There, she develops a surprising bond 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 – and the potential love of her life may not be dead after all.
As a character, Swamp Thing began life back in 1971 and has appeared in a whole host of different mediums over the decades. Wes Craven would helm 1982’s Swamp Thing movie, with a sequel following in 1989. On the small screen, a three-season USA Network show ran during the early ‘90s, and there was similarly a far-too-short-lived animated series during those years.
At this stage, Swamp Thing is set for a to-be-confirmed 2019 premiere, with Mark Veriheiden and Gary Dauberman on showrunner duties.