DC Universe has announced the main casting for upcoming comic book adaptation Swamp Thing, as Andy Bean and Derek Mears are set to play the two halves of the title character! Bean will be playing the human alter ego, Dr Alec Holland, while Mears will be transforming into the creature.
Swamp Thing was first created by writer Len Wein and artist Bernie Wrightson and first appeared in the comic title ‘House of Secrets’ #92 (July 1971). Holland was a scientist who worked with his wife, Linda, to create a Bio-Restorative Formula with the aim to solve food shortage problems. After a bomb exploded in his lab, Holland was covered in the formula and so quickly ran into a swamp close by, but the formula affected the plant life, imbuing it with Alec’s consciousness and memories. The plant life then formed a human form and Swamp Thing rose from the swamp.
Variety originally broke the news on Bean and Mears casting. Bean recently wrapped his role as Adult Stanley in It: Chapter 2 and was last seen starring alongside Holly Hunter and Tim Robbins in HBO’s Here and Now. Whereas Mears was most recently seen in Fox’s The Orville playing Bruidian Ambassador, and in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D as a Kree Captain.
The series comes from Aquaman director James Wan and also stars Jennifer Beals, Will Patton, Virginia Madsen, and Maria Sten and is set to premier in May 2019.