NBC’s ‘Constantine’ Series Gains Three New Cast Members

Published 6 months ago by , Updated March 6th, 2014 at 7:49 am,

Constantine Griffiths Perrineau NBCs Constantine Series Gains Three New Cast Members

NBC recently picked their leading man for their upcoming serial adaptation of Vertigo Comics’ Hellblazer, alternately dubbed Constantine for television (keeping title continuity with both DC Comics’ New 52 series and the 2005 Keanu Reeves film); that would be Matt Ryan, who gamers may recognize as the voice behind Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag‘s hero, Edward Kenway. Not long after making that call, info leaked about the show’s setting (New York), and its overarching heavy, voodoo practitioner and central antagonist, in familiar Constantine baddie Papa Midnite.

Speculation about who NBC would choose to portray Midnite has been ubiquitous ever since, which makes today’s updates to Constantine‘s cast list both mildly disappointing and pleasantly surprising. Basic logic dictates that NBC announcing Ryan’s participation in the program should naturally lead to a reveal of the person who will serve as his primary nemesis from season to season; turns out that the company has other plans for the character, yet to be disclosed.

Even though we still don’t know who’s going to antagonize the hard-drinking magician, occult detective, and con man, we now know – thanks to THR – who will stand in as his allies, confirming what previous character name listings have told us. Harold Perrineau (Lost, Sons of Anarchy), Lucy Griffiths (True Blood), and, perhaps most importantly, Charles Halford (True Detective) will all aid Constantine throughout his adventures battling the darkness. While the former two will play original characters created for the show, Halford will play none other than Chas Chandler, John Constantine’s longtime friend and sidekick from the comics.

Chandler has been a part of the Hellblazer mythos since the comic’s inception; he and Constantine have history together, pulling one another out of bad situations time and time again (although John repeatedly tries to hide the more dangerous elements of his life so as to protect Chas). Halford’s work on True Detective has been minimal, but he makes great use of his limited screen time as meth cooker Reggie. It’s a role that doesn’t suggest shades of Chas, but he’s a skilled actor, and should easily be able to prove himself in Constantine.

Charles Halford True Detective NBCs Constantine Series Gains Three New Cast Members

Perrineau, meanwhile, plays Manny, an angel tasked with keeping an eye on Constantine on Earth. His celestial powers allow him to step into mortal bodies; it’s a gift that suits his drive to help others well, and yet clashes with the apparent moratorium placed on intervening in Constantine’s affairs. Whether that particular ability will be how Manny primarily communicates with Constantine from the other side, or how he’ll skirt around the non-intervention clause of his job, remains to be seen.

Griffiths will provide the series with its Rachel Weisz analogue; as Liv, Griffiths joins Constantine’s cause for apparently protective purposes. She’s marked for death by a demon, and unlike most humans, she can perceive the supernatural. Is that because of her run-in with evil itself, or just something she’s born with? It could be that the reason she’s wanted dead is precisely because she can see supernatural beings, but again, specifics remain undisclosed for the time being.

These are three very strong casting choices, even if they’re mostly for characters we don’t know quite yet. (Though if dedicated readers of the comic can say otherwise, feel free in the comments.) Between their participation and that of Game of Thrones alum Neil Marshall, who’s on-board to direct the pilot, Constantine is looking better by the day.

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Constantine is expected to premiere on NBC in 2014/2015.

Source: THR

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  1. Great cast. Halford was creepy on True Detective. Griffiths finally attached to a DC property, at one time I had heard speculation with her becoming Wonder Woman.
    We should have enough DC properties to tide us over until Batman/Superman comes out now, Arrow, Flash, Constantine, and Gotham….nice!

  2. While, I haven’t seen the script I’m wondering why they wouldn’t use current DC characters instead of making up ones like Liv (could use Zatanna) or Manny (could use Deadman)

  3. PLEASE use Zatanna

  4. Im really excited for this! Nice casting choices.

  5. I’ll look forward to seeing Halford, not seen him yet (True Detective only aired episode 2 last Saturday) so hopefully, he lives up to the comments in the article about his ability.

    I’d like to see Zatanna but then again, I’m not sure if Serinda Swan should reprise her role from Smallville or bring in someone new to it (Alexandra Daddario would be a good choice, I think she could pull off that kind of inner turmoil, anger at John’s treatment of her in the past yet need to help him).

    I wonder if they’ll cast John’s sister for the scenes in Hell.

    • No, she wouldn’t reprise her role as Zatanna on Smallville because they are two completely separate shows on two completely separate networks so it wouldn’t work to have an actress go cross series without the intent to have Smallville exist in the same universe. Now, Alexandra Daddario is an interesting choice and I’d be fine with that but I like a Zooey Deschanel or Evangeline Lilly

      • No I wasn’t saying it to cross over (because Smallville was such a horrible show), just thought she was one of the few bright spots in it and I doubt most people would remember Zatanna was even in it, let alone who played her.

        I kinda feel like Zooey is “too big” to appear as a side character in a show like this and Evangeline would be tough to get if she is The Wasp like the rumours said.

        • I agree with you about Serinda Swan (and Alexandra Daddario, for that matter). Reusing Ms. Swan would be the same as having Manu Bennett reprise Deathstroke for Gotham. It’s a cool nod to the past and the performer & doesn’t ave to mean more than that. James Woods has voiced Hades a dozen times and not all of those projects were connected.

  6. I hope this show will be creepy supernaturally and less soap-operaish :D
    Looking forward to see Edward Kenway in real life soon

  7. There are so many possibilities for guest stars ont his show.

    Zatanna
    Madame Xanadu
    Deadman
    Spectre
    Phantom Stranger
    Mr. E
    Dr. Occult
    Rose Psychic
    Tim Hunter

    I am a big fan of all of these characters, hoping we get to see at least some of them. Would love to see a Trenchcoat Brigade reunion!

    • Someone has the right idea.

  8. “While the latter two will play original characters created for the show, Halford will play none other than Chas Chandler”

    Erm… don’t you mean former two? You listed Halford third, putting him within the “letter two”.

    Perrineau’s character sounds a lot like another body possessing angel who has been performing actions that clash with certain angelic directives for seasons… one who’s attire was patterned after Hellblazer’s famous protagonist.

    • …er, yeah, that’s 100% what I meant. Thanks! Good catch, I’ve updated the article to erase my stupidity.

      • Don’t knock yourself on that. I mis-typed latter even though I had it right in quoting you. The only reason I wanted to point it out was because, in reading it, I had to stop and say “wait a minute… what? Who’s playing whom?” and re-read it. I just thought it interrupted the flow of a good piece.

  9. I would love to see Peter Mensah from Spartacus cast as Papa Midnite. That would be dope!

  10. I really hope this show gets a real chance to make it. I’m affraid that Constantine isn’t mainstream enough for network TV viewers. It’s hard to predict since there’s really nothing like it on the Networks. These type of shows are hit and miss, Grimm and Sleepy Hollow seems to be doing alright, but Hannibal and Dracula aren’t looking so great. I think Dracula’s was already canceled. Looking forward to it though.

  11. Chas is supposed to be english too dammit.Also when constantine was in NY chas was nowhere to be found cause he was still in england dammit..why cant they stick to the books?ugh..oh well…at least it may be better than the movie..also perrineau wouldve been great as papa midnight

  12. Not sure why they aren’t utilizing Zatanna for this series. Her dynamic with John and the way she can really bring out the humanity in him is one of the most interesting foils for this antihero.

  13. Serinda swan was THE Zatanna. She should come back for the tv show as well as the Dark Universe/Heaven Sent movie Guillermo del Toro said he wanted

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