Wednesday, March 5, 2014

CONSTANTINE Reveals Supporting Cast

John Constantine now has a possible love interest, an angel and his best mate Chas.

Deadline reports that three supporting roles have been cast for the NBC pilot Constantine, based on the supernatural DC Comics/VERTIGO character John Constantine.  Almost two weeks ago, Welsh actor Matt Ryan was announced in the lead role.

The proposed drama series is described as centering around "a working-class Londoner with deadpan humor who is a mysterious conman and occult detective
 haunted by the recent loss of a young girl's soul.  No stranger to the dark underworld that exists parallel to our own, Constantine has been studying the dark arts since he was a teenager.  He's taught himself spells, rituals, curses and conjuring, but the one person he most wishes to see -- his mother, who died giving birth to him -- remains out of reach, at least so far. When Liv, the daughter of a late friend, is targeted by demons, Constantine steps in to save her and the two form an alliance."

True Blood and Robin Hood actress Lucy Griffiths has been cast as Liv, described in the article as "an offbeat young woman tired of her ordinary life who comes to discover that she has the ability of seeing the supernatural world among us, which makes her a key player in the battle between good and evil. Liv teams up with Constantine to save lives, master her power, and learn more about her late father."

Meanwhile, Lost and Matrix trilogy actor Harold Perrineau will play Manny, described as "an authoritative angel assigned to watch over Constantine who has the power to step into other people’s bodies, and although he is meant only to observe, Manny will not hesitate to help out if he can save a life."

And lastly, True Detective and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. actor Charles Halford is playing Chas, "Constantine’s oldest friend and staunch companion who possesses powerful survival skills that might possibly be supernatural."  Chas Chandler is one of the major recurring characters in the comic book series Hellblazer and a version called "Chas Kramer" appeared in the 2005 Constantine film, played by Shia LaBeouf.

Neil Marshall will direct the pilot from a script by Daniel Cerone and David S. Goyer.

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