ABC Signs Mark Webber and Michael Ealy to Smulder-ing ‘Stumptown’ Pilot

Jason Richman’s Stumptown pilot for ABC has added Mark Webber (Green Room) and Michael Ealy (Secrets and Lies) as leads opposite the already cast Cobie Smulders.

Ealy joins Stumptown as Milles Hoffman, a Portland Police Department detective who is on the hunt for an escaped convict, who might be visiting Webber’s character sooner than later.

Webber plays Grey McConnell, who is the best friend of Smulder’s character, Dex. Grey is renovating a run down building into a modern brew pub, because hey, Portland!

I’m just excited to see Webber in something else comic related, since he rocked the house as Stephen Stills in Scott Pilgrim VS the World way back in 2010.

Stumptown is based off of the Oni Press comic of the same name, written by Greg Rucka (Batman: Gotham Knight) with artwork by Matthew Southworth (Spider-Man: The Grim Hunt), which chronicles the adventures of savvy Portland Private Investigator Dex Parios.

Cobie Smulders will play Dex in ABC’s adaptation, and it’s really great casting! She certainly looks the part:

//Credit: Oni Press

Dex Parios is the proprietor of Stumptown Investigations, and a fairly talented P.I. Unfortunately, sh’s less adept at throwing dice than solving cases. Her recent streak has left her beyond broke—she’s in to the Confederated Tribes of the Wind Coast for 18 large. But maybe Dex’s luck is about to change. Sue-Lynne, head of the Wind Coast’s casino operation, will clear Dex’s debt if she can locate Sue-Lynne’s missing granddaughter. But is this job Dex’s way out of the hole or a shove down one much much deeper?

How close the television series will stick to the comic series isn’t really known at this point, but the pilot already has a great cast, and plenty of fantastic source material if the pilot picks up a full series order from ABC. Rucka and Southworth are both on board as executive producers, so the series could follow their story-line pretty closely.

 

 

 

 

About Leigh Kade

Leigh George Kade is a writer, illustrator, and sculptor who lives in Salt Lake City with his wife and two small Skrulls. Leigh has also been a panelist on the wildly popular Geek Show Podcast since 2008. He has been an Entertainment Writer for Bleeding Cool since 2018.

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