The saga of Locke & Key‘s journey to television continues with the arrival of some new talent.
Deadline reports American Vandal‘s Griffin Gluck and X-Files veteran Steven Williams have joined the Netflix version of the series. Gluck will appear as Gabe, a student at a nearby school who befriends Kinsey Locke (Emilia Jones). Williams will recur as a teacher at the school who also reaches out to the Locke family.
Based on the comic book by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez, the series will follow the Lockes after they move into the Massachusetts home of the recently deceased family patriarch. There, youngest child Bode (Jackson Robert Scott) discovers certain rooms in the house will give him special abilities if he unlocks them with special keys.
Locke & Key has had a long journey to television. Fox commissioned a pilot in 2010. It was produced by Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, and starred Miranda Otto as Kinsey and Bode’s mother, Nina Locke. It floundered and the network ultimately passed. The pilot eventually screened at Comic-Con and leaked online, allowing fans to see it.
The more recent pilot was developed for Hulu and starred Frances O’Connor as Nina, Jack Mulhern as older son Tyler, Megan Charpentier as Kinsey, Nate Corddry as uncle Duncan and Scott as Bode. Initially, Hulu was excited about the project, but a change in the top tier management saw Locke & Key discarded from their lineup. Netflix took a look at the pilot and began a deal to take over the project in May of 2018. At the time, reports indicated O’Connor would be recast, but much of the cast besides Scott was also replaced. Connor Jessup, for example, will play Tyler instead of Jack Mulhern. Thankfully, Netflix committed to a 10-episode season, so these will be the final casting changes in the project’s ten years of development.
Locke & Key represents a bigger move into comic book properties by the streaming service, who also took over Chilling Adventures of Sabrina from The CW and bought Mark Millar’s Millarworld comic book company outright. It’s first non-Marvel series based on a comic book, The Umbrella Academy, debuts on February 15th.