The cast of Swamp Thing now includes two.
Deadline reports Straight Outta Compton‘s Maria Sten has joined the series as Liz Tremayne. Created by Martin Pasko and Tom Yeates in 1982’s Swamp Thing #3, the character was introduced as the host of a tabloid TV show looking into the deaths of Alec and Linda Holland. She eventually released a book detailing her investigation, Swamp-Man: Fact or Myth?, but most dismissed it as more of her tabloid reporting. She also allied with Swamp Thing, Abby Arcane and Matt Cable; making intermittent appearance throughout the decades.
The television series re-imagines her as a childhood friend of Abby Arcane (Crystal Reed), who lives in the gig economy by both working as a reporter for the local newspaper and tending bar at her father’s roadhouse. According to Deadline’s description, “her no-nonsense attitude belies a deep compassion for her friends and family as she sets out in her uncompromising quest to expose the secrets that threaten her beloved hometown.”
Sten is the second member of the cast, following word that Reed would lead the series as Abby. Based on characters created by Len Wein and Bernie Wrightson, the series will focus on Abby as she returns to her childhood home of Houma, Louisiana. There, she learns of the mystical forces in the swamp and discovers her lost love Alec Holland may not be so lost after all.
One wonders when we’ll learn the identity of the actor playing Alec. One also wonders if Matt Cable and Anton Arcane will be part of the ensemble.
Battlestar Galactica‘s Mark Verheiden and It‘s Gary Dauberman wrote the pilot and will also serve as showrunners on the series. Underworld‘s Len Wisemen boarded the series earlier this week to direct the pilot and serve as an executive producer. The series will skew more toward the horror elements of its comic book source, with particular attention played to ideas from Alan Moore’s classic run on the series.
Swamp Thing debuts on DC Universe in 2019.