Showtime's Dexter revival has found its villain in veteran character actor Clancy Brown. He joins series lead Michael C. Hall who will be returning as the vigilante serial killer. The casting also marks a return to the Showtime network for Brown, who also played Waylon "Jock" Jeffcoat on the acclaimed series Billions.
On Dexter, Clancy Brown will play Kurt Caldwell, a new character that will serve as the primary villain of the revival. He is described as "the unofficial mayor of the small town of Iron Lake. He's realized the American dream by going from driving big rigs, just like his father did, to now owning several trucks and the local truck stop. Powerful, generous, loved by everyone - he's a true man of the people. If he's got your back, consider yourself blessed. But should you cross Kurt, or hurt anyone that he cares for, God help you."
Clancy Brown has played a variety of villainous characters over the years, from the Kurgan in Highlander and the zombie policeman Gus in Pet Sematary Two to Captain Hadley in The Shawshank Redemption and Surtur in Thor: Ragnarok. He is also known for voicing the greedy Krusty Krab owner Mr. Krabs on the long-running Nickelodeon series SpongeBob SquarePants and appeared on the popular Disney+ series The Mandalorian.
The limited series will consist of 10 episodes with showrunner Clyde Phillips also set to return. Not much else has been revealed about the plot of the Dexter revival, but giving the series another season gives Phillips and Hall another chance to give the franchise proper closure. Acknowledging the negative reception to the show's original series finale, Hall recently explained how he hopes the revival will help give Dexter fans a more satisfying conclusion to the story.
"Let's be real: people found the way that show left things pretty unsatisfying, and there's always been a hope that a story would emerge that would be worth telling," Hall said. "I include myself in the group of people that wondered, 'What the hell happened to that guy?' So I'm excited to step back into it. I've never had that experience of playing a character this many years on."
Phillips has also said how returning to Dexter will give them a second chance to do the ending right. Speaking with The Hollywood Reporter back in October, Phillips said, "Michael certainly was aware that the ending wasn't well-received, and I believe that he was not completely satisfied with it. And this is an opportunity to make that right. But that's not why we're doing this. We're doing this because there's such a hunger for Dexter out there."
Dexter originally ran on Showtime between 2006 and 2013, consisting of eight seasons. It followed Hall as Dexter Morgan, a forensic technician who secretly hunts dangerous murderers as a serial killing vigilante. The show was a big success and was certainly one of the most popular programs of its era, but its finale seems to be universally despised.
A release date hasn't yet been set at Showtime for the Dexter revival, but the series is reportedly planned for a late 2021 debut. This news comes to us from Variety.