The upcoming revival of Showtime series Dexter has enlisted the talents of Lovecraft Country actress Jamie Chung and Manchester By the Sea star Oscar Wahlberg for recurring roles. The pair will join Michael C. Hall, who reprises the role of the beloved serial killer for the 10-episode series which picks up following the events of the infamous 2013 finale.
Jamie Chung, who is best known for roles in the likes of Lovecraft Country, The Gifted, and Big Hero 6 will play Molly, who has been described as "a famous true-crime podcaster from Los Angeles". Wahlberg, who is the nephew of Mark Wahlberg, will play Zach, "the captain of the Iron Lake High School wrestling team. He's a bit of a bully, but generally the go-to-guy to have a good time. He's the gateway to the in-crowd, which includes the daughter of the chief of police." Wahlberg does not have an extensive back catalogue as yet but has so far starred in the likes of Daddy's Home 2 and the horror series NOS4A2.
These new arrivals will star in Dexter alongside several other new recruits, including Westworld and The Mandalorian star Julia Jones, Jane the Virgin star Alano Miller, Believe's Johnny Sequoyah and The Good Lord Bird star Jack Alcott. Several details regarding their respective characters have also been revealed, with Jones set to play Angela Bishop, the first Native American Chief of Police in her town in upstate New York, with Sequoyah singed up to portray Audrey, Bishop's brash and opinionated teenage daughter.
Miller meanwhile will play a character named Logan, a sergeant for the Iron Lake Police Department and the assistant wrestling coach for the local high school while Alcott will play Randall, with whom Michael C. Hall's Dexter has "a meaningful encounter".
These new additions not only join Hall as the title character, but also actor Clancy Brown, who was recently revealed to be playing the villain of the piece, Kurt Caldwell. He has been 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."
Dexter has become infamous for its disappointing finale and is now often cited as an example of how not to end a long-running series. The opportunity for a do-over is not lost on Michael C. Hall, who counts himself as one of many who hoped a worthy story would emerge and give them a second chance. "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," the actor 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."
The Dexter revival has been described as a closed ended "long, 10-hour movie", though it will follow on directly from where the original series left off, with the anti-hero having gone into self-imposed exile and living a solitary life as a lumberjack. The new series finds Dexter still alone, and now living under an assumed name in Upstate New York. Director Marcos Siega, who helmed several episodes during the show's original run, has signed on to helm and exec produce 6 episodes of the 10-episode miniseries. Production is set to begin early this year with a premiere set for Fall. This comes to us courtesy of The Hollywood Reporter.