If you’re still coming down Netflix’s Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, DC Comics has just released more casting news for the upcoming Swamp Thing. Virginia Madsen, fresh off an excellent performance in the mini-series The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair, has been cast in the series. According to Deadline, she will play the role of Maria Sunderland, a privileged woman who relocates from her posh surroundings to be with her husband, Avery Sunderland, who has not yet been cast.
Madsen joins a Swamp Thing cast that, so far, includes Jennifer Beals (Flashdance, The Book of Eli), Crystal Reed (Teen Wolf, Gotham), and Maria Sten (Straight Outta Compton). Beals’ role is currently unknown, but we do know that Reed will play Abby Arcane and Sten will play Liz Tremayne.
Swamp Thing is based on the comic book of the same name, which follows an almost godlike force that lives in the swamp and can animate the plant life surrounding him. He can essentially inhabit any plant, using it to regrow lost limbs and repair his body. In the comics, his powers are almost limitless so it will be interesting to see how the writing team approaches the character.
Multiple comic book writers, including Len Wein and Alan Moore, have won writing awards for different issues of Swamp Thing and the character has existed since the early 1970s, so there is plenty of strong material for the show to draw from. Madsen has experience in a variety of genres, including science fiction, horror, and comic book adaptations, making her a natural fit for the bizarre world of Swamp Thing.
Swamp Thing is set for a thirteen episode run that is scheduled to release in 2019 on DC’s digital subscription service. James Wan, who is also in charge of DC’s Aquaman feature film, is running the show. Stay tuned to our Twitter and our Horror Group on Facebook for the latest on Swamp Thing, as well as all other things horror and sci-fi.