Netflix Updates Casting, Shooting Schedule For ‘Sweet Tooth’

Details about cast members and production scheduling have emerged for Sweet Tooth, yet another horror comic book-to-small screen adaptation.

The Netflix adaptation–based on the DC Comics/Vertigo comic book series from Jeff Lemire than ran from 2009-2013–is slated for eight one-hour episodes that will likely launch late this year or early 2021, according to Deadline.

The show, as reported here in Horror News Network, will stick close to the comic book and will follow Gus–a part-boy/part-deer hybrid–who leaves his home in the forest “to find the outside world ravaged by a cataclysmic event.” Gus joins a “ragtag family of humans and animal/children hybrids in search of answers about this new world and the mystery behind the hybrid origins.”

The newest member of the show’s ensemble was announced this week. Dania Ramirez (Devious Maids) has signed on to play Aimee, a pioneer in this post-apocalyptic America who helps rebuild a sustainable habitat and give orphaned hybrids a home. Ramirez joins the show’s core cast, which includes Christian Convery, Nonso Anozie and Adeel Akhtar. Will Forte is said to have a recurring role, and James Brolin will serve as the narrator.

In addition, some character development was announced. Convery will play the hybrid Gus; Anozie will portray Tommy Jepperd, an ex-pro athlete who becomes Gus’ protector; Akhtar will play Dr. Singh, who is looking for a cure for his wife; and Forte will portray Gus’ father.

Tentative plans also were revealed for the cast and crew to be in New Zealand sometime in August to allow enough time to test for COVID-19 and to self-quarantine before a possible Sept. 7 shooting start.

Jim Mickle is the show’s director and co-writer, along with Beth Schwartz, with both acting as executive producers. The producers include Marvel movie standout Robert Downey Jr, his wife Susan, Amanda Burrell, Evan Moore and Linda Moran.

Lemire was excited about the show when discussing it during a recent interview. “I’m not allowed to reveal any more about the show yet,” he said, “but I can say that I was on set for the filming of the pilot in New Zealand last year, and the pilot came out amazingly well. It’s super-faithful to the comic, and I can’t wait for the show to launch.”

Keep reading Horror News Network for future details–including an exact premiere date–for Sweet Tooth.


Thomas Tuna
Thomas A. Tuna is a comic book veteran who began his writing career back in the ’70s with Charlton Comics, contributing to such horror titles as Ghost Manor, Haunted, The Many Ghosts of Dr. Graves and Ghostly Haunts. Most recently, he has served as a writer and editor (with more than a smattering of horror yarns) for such comic book websites as Hyper Epics and Red Moon Features. Some of his favorite horror flicks include Jaws, Salem’s Lot, Dracula (with Frank Langella) and Blade. His favorite horror comic books? Tomb of Dracula (by Marv Wolfman and Gene Colan) and Swamp Thing (by Len Wein and Berni Wrightson).

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