Ian Ziering is trading in the chainsaws for the blues. The “Sharknado” actor is reportedly joining the DC television universe for a live-action adaptation of the “Swamp Thing” story, which is already in production. Ziering will be taking on the role of Blue Devil in the series, starring alongside Crystal Reed who is playing Abby Arcane. This is Reed’s second role in the DC television universe, she also played Sophia Falcone in the FOX hit “Gotham”.
The story follows Abby Arcane as she heads to the Louisiana swamps to investigate a possibly deadly virus that may be brewing there.
Ziering will be a recurring guest star in the series, but sadly, the entire cast list hasn’t been released yet from the studio. The Blue Devil is a former stuntman that started taking on the evils of the world. The studio describes the character adding “Stuntman turned movie star, Daniel Cassidy became semi-famous after playing the demonic Blue Devil. But now, eight years later, Cassidy finds himself living out his days in frustration, pining for his former fame while on a collision course with destiny.”
James Wan, who directed the DC film “Aquaman” which is set to hit theaters later this month, is producing the series. The show is based on the original DC characters created by Bernie Wrightson and Len Wein.
Other names reported to have joined the series are Andy Bean and Derek Mears. Bean is expected to play the human version of Swamp Thing, with Mears taking on the larger monstrous version. Other names that have hit the headlines include Jennifer Beals, Will Patton, Maria Sten, Keith Arthur Bolden, and Henderson Wade. We will have to wait for an official announcement from the studio, or for the first teaser trailer.
The show will be the latest installment to the growing DC lineup for the small screen. Warner Bros. recently released the new series “Titans” to help launch the new DC Universe subscription service. Fans have responded well to that show and the studio is hoping to keep them subscribing when Swamp Thing launches in 2019.