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Friday, July 11, 2014

CONSTANTINE Replaces Lucy Griffiths with HELLBLAZER's Zed


To paraphrase Bruce Willis in Pulp Fiction, Zed's alive, baby...Zed's alive.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the upcoming NBC series Constantine has dropped Lucy Griffiths and her character Liv Parsons after the showrunners decided to go in a different creative direction.  Liv, a young woman who works at a rental car facility that gets caught up in John's world when she discovers something is after her, was featured in the series' pilot episode, which recently leaked online to a generally lukewarm reception.

The role will not be recast with another actress, but replaced with a different character from the Hellblazer comic book series named Zed that has not yet been cast.  Zed will appear in an early episode of Constantine, with more Hellblazer and supernatural DC Universe characters brought in as the series progresses.  It's not known if the pilot episode will be retooled before the series' premiere date.

Created by Jamie Delano and John Ridgway, Zed first appeared in 1988's Hellblazer #4 as a former lover of John Constantine and wayward daughter of an evangelical family, who is also an artist at the time she first encounters Constantine.  She assists him in the rescue of his niece, Gemma, from an occultist pedophile that collects child brides.  Later on, she's taken into custody by her father, a senior member of a group called the Resurrection Crusade, who attempts to offer her to an angel for the purpose of conceiving a baby who will become the new Messiah.  Constantine defeats Zed's father's plan, however, by spoiling her with his own Nergal-tainted blood before the heavenly coupling can be consumated.

Constantine premieres on NBC on October 24th at 10 p.m. EST.

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