The Walking Dead‘s Jeryl Prescott is expanding her genre universe into the swamps of Louisiana as blind fortune teller Madame Xanadu in DC Universe‘s Swamp Thing, the streaming service’s upcoming drama series adaptation built around the DC Comics character created by Len Wein and Bernie Wrightson. Prescott’s mystic with a mysterious past and supernatural perceptions that reveal the future joins Jennifer Beals, Crystal Reed, and Maria Sten in the digital serieswritten by showrunner Mark Verheiden and Gary Dauberman; and directed by Len Wiseman (The Gifted, Lucifer).
In the upcoming series, Xanadu is a centuries-old immortal who advises and aligns with crusaders against evil but is reluctant to join the fray directly. Created by David Michelinie, Val Mayerik, and Michael William Kaluta, the character debuted in Doorway to Nightmare #1 in 1978; and whose mystical abilities include clairvoyance, immortality, and a “sixth-sense” for magic.
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; and premieres some time in 2019.
Here’s an overview of DC Universe’s Swamp Thing as well as a look at Sten’s Liz Tremayne, Reed’s Dr. Abby Arcane, and Beals’ Sheriff Lucilia Cable offering some clues as to what viewers can expect from the upcoming series:
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. 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.
● Beals’ Sheriff Lucilia Cable is tough as nails, pragmatic, and fiercely devoted to her son, Matt, her sworn duty to serve and protect the town of Marais. As the community she has dedicated her life to defending finds itself beset by strange forces, Lucilia must double down in her efforts to safeguard everyone she holds dear.