Netflix has officially cast the all the Locke siblings for Netflix's Locke & Key. The TV series is an adaptation of a comic book of the same name written by Joe Hill and illustrated by Gabriel Rodriguez. The horror/fantasy series follows the three Locke siblings, Tyler, Kinsey, and Bode, who move into an old family mansion after their father's murder. While at the family's Massachusetts estate, the trio comes across some magical keys that provide them with a host of superpowers... But they aren't the only ones who want the keys. The Locke siblings find themselves competing with a demon to keep the keys in their possession.
The history of the comic's TV adaptation is both long and full of uncertainty. Dimension films was first to get the movie rights, only to lose them to DreamWorks in 2010. The comic was at one point planned to air on Fox as a TV show. A pilot was shot and aired by SDCC in 2011, but it was never ordered to series. Hulu ordered a pilot in 2017 but they too decided to pass on the show. Locke & Key found its way to Netflix where it received a ten-episode season order. Aron Eli Coleite and Meredith Averill will be teaming up with Hill and Carlton Cuse to bring the show to life.
When the show made its way from Hulu to Netflix, it was decided that two of the three Locke siblings would be recast. Only Jackson Robert Scott (It) remained to play the youngest sibling, Bode. The streaming giant has found their new stars. According to Deadline, Connor Jessup and Emilia Jones have been cast to play Tyler and Kinsey respectively.
Both actors have already accumulated an impressive list of credits. Jessup has appeared in numerous shows, including his time co-starring in TNT's Falling Skies and starring in ABC's American Crime. Jones is not new to TV either, with roles in Residue, Utopia, and Doctor Who.
Along with changing the cast, Netflix is changing the pilot as well, forgoing the Hulu version in favor of their own. Hill will once again be writing the episode, alongside Coleite. While fans of the comic may have been growing concerned as the show bounced from company to company, it sounds like they can finally get excited. Fans will have to wait to learn if any of the other actors from the Hulu pilot will make the transition, or if more recasts are in the show's future. Regardless, with this latest bit of casting news it sounds like progress on Locke & Key is being made and comic book readers can expect more updates in the future.