Rumor: ‘Constantine’ TV Show to Feature Blond Englishman as the Lead

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hellblazer john constantine Rumor: Constantine TV Show to Feature Blond Englishman as the Lead

For good or ill, we’re living in the Age of Comic Books when it comes to movies, and that age appears to be expanding to television as well. The CW’s Arrow is going strong, with The Flash on its way. Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. appears to have some surprises in store, we’ll follow the early days of Batman’s ally Jim Gordon in Gotham, and another DC character is coming to the small-screen as well: John Constantine, lead character of the “Hellblazer” comic books and the more recent “Constantine” reboot which has been folded into the New 52. 

NBC’s Constantine series has been moving faster of late, with a steady stream of news suggesting that development is confidently underway. The show has a pilot order, which will be written by creative team Daniel Cerone (The Mentalist) and David S. Goyer (Man of Steel) and directed by Neil Marshall (the celebrated “Blackwater” episode of HBO’s Game of Thrones and the Black Sails pilot for Starz), and we’ve had a list of the characters being cast.

There is, however, one large detail which has yet to be disclosed: whether or not NBC will follow in the footsteps of the 2005 Constantine film starring black-haired American Keanu Reeves as the blond, Liverpudlian sorcerer and a then-nineteen-year-old Shia LaBeouf as middle-aged cab driver Chas. Would the show reach the same level of fan-alienating infuriation? A new report suggests that it might hew closer to the source material than we were expecting.

According to a completely unconfirmed report from Bleeding Cool, TV’s version of Constantine will not only be as blond as the character in the comics, he will also be “a Londoner” and will “talk in his accent.”

John Constantine profile Rumor: Constantine TV Show to Feature Blond Englishman as the Lead

Is there any truth to this? There is no source named here, but it’s more likely than not that we’ll be seeing a British Constantine on NBC. There is still no word on who might be on a shortlist for casting, though we have previously named some actors who could do it. A probable scenario for this show’s setting would mirror writer Brian Azzarello’s “Hellblazer” books, which followed Constantine on various adventures through America, a formula which has proven successful for Elementary on CBS.

Another big question is how much of the source material’s grim tone and gallows humor will be present. Bryan Fuller’s Hannibal series is a fine example of a gruesome horror series rendered very well on network television, but could it be a fluke? Will Goyer and Cerone be able to stay true to the character and his world of dark magic? Will this John Constantine be the middle-aged version of the character from the “Hellblazer” series which was cancelled in 2012, or the young, hip magic man from the current continuity? Ultimately, fans will have to give the show’s creator the benefit of the doubt and withhold judgment until we at least know who’ll be playing the lead.

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Constantine is in development and will air on NBC.

Source: Bleeding Cool

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  1. cool…i already enjoyed agents of SHIELD so much. 8/10

  2. Just gonna throw some names out there. I admit I’m not a huge fan or anything but these are some actors I would love to see make the jump to American TV and I think would be interesting to see in the role.

    For a younger Constantine:
    Dan Stevens
    Arthur Darvill
    Andrew Scott
    Damien Molony
    Aidan Turner

    Older:
    Jude Law
    David Tennant
    Richard Armitage
    Ben Daniels

  3. Tom Hiddleston would be awesome as Constantine. But, if they wanted to go a bit younger they could get Jeremy Irons son, Max.

    • Max Irons is not even a good actor. At least try to come up with a ‘young, blond actor’ that isn’t the first one to pop up in your head.

  4. I’m really excited for this, and there are for me two actors who could play this very well. Now neither of them are English, but since I’m in fact English and it doesn’t bother me, it shouldn’t be an issue. If they’re wanting a young-ish Constantine, then I’d be up for David Anders playing him, who can do a convincing British accent if necessary, but if they want to go for a considerably older Constantine, I’d be all for Peter Weller playing him. Sure, the guy’s 66, but he’s one of the best actors out there, and he’s done a fair amount of TV lately, so he’d no doubt be up for getting his own sho.

  5. good choice.

    they will probably make him have a london accent since americans have a hard enough time trying to understand their own accents.

    • WTF does that even mean?

      • go get a dictionary if you’re struggling.

  6. James Marsters with his bleached blonde hair like the good ol’ Spike days!

    • I like the idea of James Marsters as John Constantine. Though I don’t know whether NBC is going for a young Constantine or an older Constantine since Marsters is 51 years old.

    • That would actually be pretty dope!

  7. If they are smart, they’ll produce a show more in like with the 24-year Vertigo series and not the New 52 version. Sure, Justice League Dark was received well, but the N52 Constantine solo characterization has been sorely lacking to me and hasn’t seemed to have been received very well overall.

  8. A London accent?

    Can Americans not understand Scousers then? They should be able to. I’m just having horrible images of Danny Dyer being cast as a Cockney version of John.

    *shudder*

    I’m still gonna say it since I suggested him a few years back for the role.

    Stephen “born in Liverpool but played a Cockney in Snatch” Graham.

  9. A blond Englishman cast as a blond Englishman. Never gonna happen. That goes against every casting decision DC/WB has made in years.

    • Exactly.

      I mean, they cast a dark haired, blue eyed guy who looked like Superman to play a dark haired, blue eyed character called Superman. They even had the gall to cast a middle aged, dark haired guy with a prominent jawline to play a middle aged version of Batman, a character with dark hair and a prominent jawline.

      How dare they get these casting decisions right! Blasphemy!

      • Ah Sarcasm, my favorite kind of humor.

        I just hope Ben, Gal, and now Jesse do as well as I think they can. Otherwise these already annoying “fans” will populate like gremlins at an all you can eat buffet after midnight.

        Marvel Studios (Whom I like but feel is drastically overrated) is becoming Marsh Brady in my eyes. All these “fans” ever have to say is: “Marsha, Marsha, Marsha!”
        Like sheep with a catch phrase stuck in their throats.

    • This statement makes as much sense as saying: “Marvel will mess up casting Scarlett Witch because of how bad they cast all the other X-Men.”

      Meaning:
      What does WB’s casting decisions have to do with NBC?
      DC is not casting this.
      Warner Brothers is not casting this.
      NBC is casting this. NBC is owned by Universal.

      Pay attention guys, the devils in the details.

      • Actually, Warner Bros. TV is developing the show. Kind of like how Sony owns and produces Community, even though it’s on NBC.

      • Fox cast the X-Men, not Marvel. That statement would fail it’s most basic merit on that alone.

  10. Keane Reevs was like Jon Wayne doin James Bond..

  11. I know just the guy for the job!

    Brett Tucker! Watch Thor The Dark world or an episode of Castle’s season 4 called “The Limey” for reference. I think he can easily pull it off…

  12. After seeing “True Detective” I started to think Matthew McConcon (I can never spell his damn name correctly) is perfect as John. But hey, if they can find good blond Englishman, sure.

  13. The ONLY person who should play John is Paul Bettany. He has the right look, accent, and attitude to play him. However, he hasn’t really done television. I has so hoping for a film reboot, but I guess this will have to do.

  14. I don’t know why, but I kind of pictured Daniel Craig as John. Tom Hiddleston would also be a good choice

  15. So…. Paul Bettany? Sweet.

  16. I actually loved the Constantine movie with Keanu Reeves. But I haven’t read the comics, maybe thats why the fans aren’t very happy happy with it. But as a movie, I thought it was pretty awesome.

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