Derek Mears is no stranger to monster roles, having played Jason Voorhees (in the 2009 Friday the 13th reboot), a Predator, and many other aliens and creatures of the night over the course of his career. Well, it’s time to add another to Mear’s extensive menagerie, as the over-sized actor just landed a plumb role as the title character in DC Universe’s upcoming Swamp Thing television series.
Splash Report broke the news earlier today and they also added that while Mears will play Swamp Thing (in a practical effects suit nonetheless) he will not be portraying the soul of the monster, Dr. Alec Holland. At this time it is not clear who will play Holland, or how they will incorporate the performances of both the monster and his human (or plant) soul.
The series is supposedly heavily based on the seminal Alan Moore run of the 1980’s, which brought the legendary comic book writer to prominence before his series The Watchmen changed the medium forever. Producer and writer Gary Dauberman recently confirmed these details in a interview with Slashfilm and went on to say that “It’s the origin story of the Swamp Thing and it’s Alec Holland wrestling with who he’s become. A lot of it’s told through the point of view of Abby Arcane.’ Dauberman also confirmed that the series would be true to the odd nature of Moore’s series, stating that “Fans of that series will know it gets pretty weird and extreme and scary… 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.”
The series is set to debut on the DC Universe streaming service in 2019, so be sure to keep checking back with Horror News Network for more casting news as it is announced.