‘Assassin’s Creed 4′ Actor Lands Title Role in NBC’s ‘Constantine’

Published 1 year ago by , Updated February 22nd, 2014 at 5:35 am,

Matt Ryan Cast in Constantine TV Show Assassins Creed 4 Actor Lands Title Role in NBCs Constantine

Comic book characters – particularly superheroes – have dominated the box office for the past decade. Now the halftone heroes are poised for a television takeover as well, with hit series Arrow, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and The Walking Dead already on the airwaves, and The Flash, Gotham and Constantine soon to follow. (Not to mention that original programming deal between Marvel and Netflix.)

Developments surrounding these new series have been coming swiftly. Constantine, for instance, has been steadily adding to its creative team since NBC first announced they were developing a show based on the DC Comics character. But most importantly, it was revealed that this version of the character would stick closer to its source material and feature a blond and British John Constantine as opposed to a dark-haired American (a la the 2005 film featuring Keanu Reeves). Now we know who’s been cast in the role.

According to Deadline, it’s little known actor Matt Ryan (Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior). Along with Ryan’s casting, this news has provided us with a more defined character description for NBC’s John Constantine. Read it below:

“[A] working-class Londoner with rakish good looks, scruffy blond hair, deadpan humor, and signature trench coat, who has been studying the dark arts since he was a teenager.”

Ryan wasn’t a name included on our list of actors who could play Constantine, but he’s hardly a case of miscasting. And, okay, so he’s not naturally blond or from London, but it’s already more accurate to the source material than Keanu was. His largest role to date has been on the Criminal Minds spinoff, but to the gaming crowd, Ryan will be more familiar as the voice of protagonist Edward Kenway in Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag.

Hellblzer John Constantine Assassins Creed 4 Actor Lands Title Role in NBCs Constantine

Combine the detective work of a procedural drama with the intensity and action of a pirate on the high seas, throw in some horror and a touch of the supernatural and you can see where Ryan’s casting could come from. Besides, starting with a less established actor is a good step toward giving Constantine a fresh start – something this series will need if it wants to separate itself from the previous cinematic iteration.

With Ryan finalizing his deal to star, NBC’s Constantine pilot is beginning to take shape. Are you pleased with the direction it’s taking? What do you make of Ryan as their choice for the supernatural sleuth? Let us know in the comments below!


Constantine is currently in development and will air on NBC.

Source: Deadline

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  1. I never heard of the guy… not happy with the one provided above I looked up his images. He certainly looks despondent, and his look has this omen of forlorn fate thing going for him. I can’t wait to see how they use him.

      • The problem is, most people won’t remember non-established actors from a handful of bit parts in solitary episodes of a handful or television series.

  2. Nevr heard of him ether..

  3. Interested how he’ll play the role of John Constantine. The show will be dark, look at Hannibal. Wondering who are the supporting casts?

    • I wonder that too. But we do know that the other characters they are casting are Chas Chandler (Constantine’s close friend), Manny and Livvy (who will appear in the pilot and will form an alliance with John)

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  5. My heart nearly stopped and I felt like I was going to have a heart attack when I saw the headline. I was like, no! nothing good ever happens to me. there’s now way there making a show based on my favorite comic book character of all time. so when I read the story and find out they are… jesus! this just made my day. I Swear to god every time I’ve seen a story about a comic book show online. I’ve said written a comment about how they should do a show based on constantine! maybe someone at nbc saw my comments posted everywhere and read the comic and said yeah, this could work lol. now all we need is a Y the last man show and ill be set for my tv viewing life lol

  6. Having been one of the few who actually watched Suspect Behavior, I’m really excited! He was the best character on the show(sorry Forest Whitaker!). Can’y wait to see how this show turns out!

  7. i play AC IV Black Flag,and when he voicing edward kenway in AC IV Black Flag his voice is very charming and the mocap for edward kenway is very good,i think he the best choice for John Contantine role,kinda psycho but charming

  8. I, for one, am going to look forward to this!

  9. After Keanu,they can only go up…..

  10. I have a bad feeling that NBC is gonna take away his chain-smoking.

  11. Never seen him in movies before, but he’s part of what makes Edward Kenway such a charm… that even I who wasn’t interested in the game, ended up enjoying it so much. So I’m not at all surprised if he’s going to nail the role in the future.

    Personally, I’m more interested in this rather than Gotham (which I think unnecessary) or The Flash (cause I still can’t see Grant Gustin as Barry, not sure why). This could be the next Supernatural (which is still running, and will be spawning its own spin off staring an actual blonde who now that I think of it, actually fit as Constantine real nice as well), mixed with Buffy/Angel thingy…

    Let’s hope it will be dark and creepy with less soap opera and more hell-ish haha

  12. Sidestepping the problematic Scouse accent.

  13. Not Paul Bettany.

  14. Thanks for this insight into your own weird little obsession. OK, so you think it’s a politically correct conspiracy any time a piece of casting involves changing the colour/ethnicity of a white character. This is hilarious but you’re entitled to that opinion – but now you air that view on the comments for a series where they did not change the character’s race and LITERALLY NO-ONE suggested they do so. Your comment could not be more off-topic and irrelevant if you’d just told us that you don’t like otters.

    Just out of curiosity, which bit of casting pushed you over the edge of reason? Are you still upset about Nick Fury? More importantly, answer me this: Did you complain when they made The Departed with white Americans instead of Hong Kong actors like in the original? Does it bother you that they cast Al Pacino as a Cuban in Scarface? Are you going to protest if a white actor ever plays Othello? If the answer to any of those questions is no, wake up and smell the hypocrisy.

    Finally.. I think Matt Ryan looks the part, I’m uncertain about his ability to carry the series but I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt because I want the show to work… Hey, notice how alongside my rant I added a sentence that was actually on-topic? Try it sometime…

  15. Looks great. I can hardly believe it. I’d love to see an episode including Swamp Thing, but I don’t know that they’ll be able to pull off that Bernie Wrightson look which would be a real shame. Getting a relatively unknown actor to play John’s a good move, but it’s too bad they’ve got to shy away from the Hellblazer title, but I understand it. Constantine’s fine for the title and it’s a good choice to go that way since Hellblazer would turn too many people off, but it’s still unfortunate. Hope they at least have a line like, “Fine, Hellblazer” or similar reference.

    I can’t see mainstream USA getting into it, but then again, I’m surprised at how well Grimm has done retaining an audience so…we’ll see what happens.

    • Check out Swamp Thing: The Series and imagine that with 20 years advances in effects technology. I would have no doubt they could pull it off, especially since he’d likely be a recurring character.

  16. pretty sure that John Constantine is from Liverpool. Not London, so he would therefore have a ‘scouse’ accent.

  17. What about Constantines famous intense blue eyes?! Okay so you can dye hair, fine, but the eyes. The charachters soul is missing there.