Former The Soup host and Community star Joel McHale may soon take the lead in the television adaptation of Valiant Comics’ Quantum and Woody.
The Wrap reports McHale is in talks to play Woody Henderson, which they describe “a wisecracking, womanizing slacker” who must work with his straight-laced brother thanks to energy bands which give them tremendous strength, but will kill them if they do not “klang” once a day. They discover the bands while looking into their father’s death, so expect that to be a runner on the series.
The original comic book series, co-created by Christopher Priest and M. D. Bright, featured adoptive brothers Eric Henderson and Woodrow Van Chelton. Henderson worked hard toward accomplishments all his life while Woody bumbled into a life of small crimes. Once forced to work together, their dynamic catapulted the series into a cult favorite for twenty-two issues between 1997 and 2000. Priest and Bright returned to the title in 2013 for a miniseries.
As with recent the announcements about Bloodshot and Eternal Warrior, I can’t really speak to the quality of the possible casting choice as I missed the Valiant wave in the 1990s. But I remember the title had a passionate fanbase rallying around its comedic vibe; which is a great fit for McHale’s on-screen persona. In fact, there are shades of Jeff Winger to this Woody Van Chelton. To be honest, his participation makes me much more interested in the series.
Unfortunately, there is no word on who might play Henderson or Vincent Van Goat.