The creative team behind DC's streaming series, Doom Patrol, is eyeing Kelsey Grammer for the lead role. The series will follow the DC streaming services' premiere series, Titans, which is expected to premiere later this year. While no one has been cast yet, it seems that Grammer is being courted for the show's lead.
The DC streaming service has already ordered multiple TV shows to series - some based on iconic characters and teams from the comics and another a revival of a fan-favorite animated series - despite having not launched. Last month, DC Entertainment confirmed DC Universe as the name of the digital platform and revealed official logos for some of their shows. Now, production teams are working on filling out key roles for Doom Patrol and likely other upcoming TV shows.
According to The Hashtag Show, Kelsey Grammer is being courted by the creative team for the role of Dr. Niles Caulder. Caulder, also known as The Chief, is described as "eccentric, brilliant, paternal, and mysterious." The full description is below.
"The Chief is a noted scientist, wealthy investor and, of course, leader of The Doom Patrol. The Chief rescued each member of his team from horrific accidents, nurtured them to health, resuscitated their self-esteem and sent them into the world to defend a populace that sees them as little more than freaks. His disarming manner does little to conceal a steely determination and unwavering devotion to defending Earth from Evil’s oddest entities."
Because Titans is already filming, Grammer, or whomever is cast, would have the opportunity to be showcased on the show. As each of the series are intertwining and working within the same universe, being on Titans would work as a segue into the official premiere of Doom Patrol, which doesn't yet have a premiere date. It has already been confirmed that characters from Doom Patrol, notably Elasti-Girl, will appear in episode five of the Titans series.
Nothing on the casting front for Dr. Caulder has been confirmed. There have been no signed contracts and, while the creative team has their collective eye on Kelsey Grammer, the role could very well go to another actor who fits the description.
Grammer would be a great draw to the series. Shows like Titans and Doom Patrol have cast relatively unknowns or less mainstream actors for key roles. So, it wouldn't be a complete shock for the creative team to go in a different direction if Grammer is unavailable. Still, the actor has his film, Like Father, hitting Netflix this August costarring Kristen Bell and Seth Rogen. And while the actor may have a few projects in the works, a role like Dr. Niles Caulder would be an interesting addition to the qualified actor's resume. The addition of Grammer would spark interest and credibility. And the casting would likely drive a new wave of audiences to search out the new DC content.
Source: The Hashtag Show