Less than a day after Gotham‘s Crystal Reed was cast as the female lead in DC Universe‘s Swamp Thing, the streaming service has cast Maria Sten (Channel Zero, Straight Outta Compton) as a series regular in the upcoming drama. Written by Mark Verheiden and Gary Dauberman, directed by Len Wiseman (The Gifted, Lucifer), and based on the DC Comics characters created by Len Wein and Bernie Wrightson, the series is expected to premiere in 2019. Produced by James Wan’s Atomic Monster in association with Warner Bros. Television, Swamp Thing is executive prodcued by Wan, Verheiden, Dauberman, Wiseman, and Michael Clear.
Here’s an overview of DC Universe’s Swamp Thing and a look at Sten’s Liz Tremayne (from Deadline Hollywood‘s exclusive reporting), Reed’s Dr. Abby Arcane, and a few clues as to what viewers can expect from the story:
DC Universe’s Swamp Thing follows Abby Arcane as she investigates what seems to be a deadly swamp-born virus in a small town in Louisiana but soon discovers that the swamp holds mystical and terrifying secrets. When unexplainable and chilling horrors emerge from the murky marsh, no one is safe.
Smart and caring, CDC Doctor Abby Arcane’s (Reed) strong sense of empathy puts her at the center of a horrific life-threatening epidemic in her hometown, where she faces emotional demons from her past… while a chance meeting with scientist Alec Holland takes her into a world of horror and the supernatural, and of the elemental creature known as Swamp Thing.
Liz Tremayne (Sten) is a close childhood friend of Abby Arcane’s, who splits her time between reporting for the local paper and bartending at her aging father’s roadhouse bar. Her no-nonsense attitude belies a deep compassion for her friends and family as she sets out in her uncompromising quest to expose the secrets that threaten her beloved hometown.