DC has found its Swamp Thing. Or rather, the two different actors who are going to bring the two very different sides of the character to life. Andy Bean and Derek Mears have both been cast to lead the upcoming live-action series based on the popular DC character. Bean will play the human, Alec Holland, who becomes the creature known as Swamp Thing, to be played by Mears. The two are going to work together in order to bring the beast to life.
The casting announcement was recently made by Warner Bros., who are working on the Swamp Thing live-action series as part of their programming for the recently launched DC Universe streaming service. Andy Bean and Derek Mears join a cast that already includes Crystal Reed as Abby Arcane, Maria Sten as Liz Tremayne and Jeryl Prescott as Madame Xanadu. There will be a strong duality at play, as Mears will emerge from a swamp, much larger than before and with mysterious new powers over plants. While, on the other side, Bean will struggle to hold onto the humanity of the character.
Both actors come from very different backgrounds. Andy Bean has been working steadily for a few years, with roles on shows like Power and Here and Now. But it's his role as an adult version of Stanley in next year's IT: Chapter 2 that helped put him on the studio's radar, ultimately landing him this new high-profile gig. Meanwhile, Derek Mears has made a career out of playing creatures of many forms. He played Jason in the 2009 Friday the 13th reboot, a Predator in Predators, a Kree in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and a mutant in The Hills Have Eyes 2, in addition to roles in Sleepy Hollow and Grimm. This seems to be right in line with what Mears has proved to be good at.
James Wan (The Conjuring) is set to produce the series through his Atomic Monster production banner, with screenwriter Gary Dauberman (The Nun) on board to help pen the small screen adaptation. Dauberman revealed in a previous interview that the series will aim for an R-rated tone and that Swamp Thing will be brought to life via practical effects, as opposed to going the CGI route. They will probably augment the character's look with CGI, but it's going to be a man in a suit doing the lion's share of the work.
DC Universe is also host to the Titans live-action streaming series, with Stargirl and Doom Patrol live-action shows also on the way. A Harley Quinn animated series and Young Justice: Outsiders, the long-awaited third season of the popular animated show, are also set to debut on the streaming service. Currently, there is no premiere date set for Swamp Thing, but the series is in production now and the first season will consist of 13 episodes. Warner Bros. will likely look to launch the show sometime in 2019.