Warner Bros. Television announced today that the title character of Swamp Thing will be played by two actors. Actor Andy Bean (Power, Here and Now) has been cast in the role of Alec Holland, the innovative scientist whose research ultimately leads to his untimely demise and rebirth as the titular hero. The plant-like Swamp Thing, however, will be played on the show by longtime genre actor Derek Mears (The Orville, Sleepy Hollow, Predators, Friday the 13th).
Described as a passionate biologist, Alec Holland becomes caught in the crosshairs of a small town nightmare when he discovers a bizarre local illness may be connected to his work in the swamp. Holland’s discovery leads him into conflict with dark forces, from which he emerges as the elemental hero known as Swamp Thing.
The Swamp Thing creature is described as follows: “Emerging from the swamp with a monstrous physique and strange new powers over plant life, the man who was once Alec Holland struggles to hold onto his humanity. When dark forces converge on the town of Marais, Swamp Thing must embrace what he has become in order to defend the town as well as the natural world at large.”
Bean and Mears will join a cast including Will Patton as Swamp Thing nemesis Avery Sunderland, Virginia Madsen as Maria Sunderland, Jeryl Prescott as Madame Xanadu, Maria Sten as Liz Tremayne, Jennifer Beals as Sheriff Lucilia Cable, and Crystal Reed as Abby Arcane.
In Swamp Thing, when CDC researcher Abby Arcane (Crystal Reed) returns to her childhood home of Houma, Louisiana, in order to investigate a deadly swamp-borne virus, 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.
James Wan, Mark Verheiden, Gary Dauberman, Michael Clear and Len Wiseman are executive producers of Swamp Thing, which is based on characters from DC which were created by Len Wein and Bernie Wrightson. Rob Hackett is co-producer. The series is produced by Atomic Monster in association with Warner Bros. Television. Verheiden & Dauberman are writing the first episode and Len Wiseman is set to direct.
The live-action series will premiere on the streaming service in 2019.