Upcoming DC Universe series Swamp Thing has cast Aquaman actor Michael Beach as villain Nathan Ellery. The superhero horror show, which was officially greenlit in May of last year, is executive produced by horror maestro and Aquaman director James Wan. The series features a writing team that includes Wan’s frequent collaborator Gary Dauberman (Annabelle Comes Home, IT: Chapter Two) and Mark Verheiden (Ash vs Evil Dead, Daredevil), who also serve as co-executive producers.
Based on the DC Comics created by Len Wein, Swamp Thing stars Crystal Reed (Teen Wolf, Gotham) as Abby Arcane - a woman who returns to her small Louisiana hometown to investigate what seems to be a deadly swamp-born virus. The show’s sprawling cast boasts a ton of talent that includes Andy Bean (IT: Chapter Two) as scientist Alec Holland, Derek Mears (The Flash, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) as his swamp monster alter ego, and Will Patton (Falling Skies, Halloween) and Virginia Madsen (Elementary, Designated Survivor) as prominent local couple Avery and Maria Sunderland.
As reported by Deadline, Beach has now joined the Swamp Thing cast in a recurring role as the villainous Nathan Ellery. Described as a “no-nonsense businessman with a ruthless streak", Ellery is the smooth CEO of a venture capital firm who uses his business as a front for his shadier activities. If his comic book counterpart is anything to go by, those shady activities may have something to with that aforementioned swamp-born virus.
Alongside Aquaman - in which he played another villain, Black Manta's father Jesse Kane - Beach’s other recent acting credits include crime series The Rookie and Barry Jenkins’ award-winning drama If Beale Street Could Talk. His upcoming work includes the Melissa McCarthy fronted action-comedy Superintelligence, the thriller Inheritance alongside Simon Pegg, and the TV show Truth Be Told. Beach’s recurring role in Swamp Thing sees him join fellow recurring cast members Jennifer Beals (Taken, The Last Tycoon) as local sheriff Lucilia Cable and Ian Ziering (Beverly Hills 90210, Sharknado) as stuntman Daniel Cassidy and his superhero alter ego Blue Devil.
Whether Swamp Thing will ultimately turn out to be a successful endeavor for its cast remains to be seen. The pilot episode of the show received mixed reviews, and it was recently reported that filming for season 1 of Swamp Thing was cut short, which might suggest problems behind the scenes. Despite those issues, the show could still pull through, especially with such a talented cast and crew onboard.
Swamp Thing premieres May 31 exclusively on DC Universe.