Channel Zero actress Maria Sten has joined the cast of Swamp Thing, the upcoming streaming series based on the classic DC comics character. The cast already includes Crystal Reed who will play the lead role of Abby Arcane. Underworld creator Len Wiseman has been set to direct the series pilot, in addition to executive producing, after earlier rumors that James Wan would tackle directing duties.
Len Wein and Bernie Wrightson originally created Swamp Thing, a humanoid/plant elemental creature who has gone through various incarnations in many different storylines over the years since his debut in 1971. The upcoming series version focuses on CDC investigator Abby Arcane as she stumbles upon some inexplicable horrors while investigating an apparent swamp virus outbreak in her small Louisiana hometown. Those inexplicable horrors doubtless are connected to the titular Swamp Thing, who in the comics is a humanoid mass of vegetable matter fighting to protect his marshy home from various human and supernatural threats.
Deadline reports that Maria Sten has joined the cast of Swamp Thing in the role of Liz Tremayne, a childhood friend of lead character Arcane, who divides her time between working for the local paper and tending bar at her father’s roadhouse. Liz’s “no-nonsense attitude belies a deep compassion for her friends and family as she sets out in her uncompromising quest to expose the secrets that threaten her beloved hometown.”
A former model and dancer, Sten has appeared mostly in shorts with her only prior TV role coming on the series Persuasion. The relative unknown has only a single movie on her resume, an uncredited appearance as “girlfriend” in the 2015 NWA biopic Straight Outta Compton. In addition to her role on Swamp Thing, Sten will also appear in the upcoming season of Syfy’s horror anthology series Channel Zero.
Swamp Thing has now cast its two main female characters, but has yet to name an actor to take on the role of Alec Holland, the researcher who of course transforms into the title character. Back in May, a character breakdown gave an indication of the romantic storyline that will be at the heart of the series, teasing a “Shape of Water” love story between Abby Arcane and Holland/Swamp Thing. The series is reportedly set to go before cameras beginning this fall, so further casting news should be coming along shortly.
Swamp Thing is set to premiere in 2019 on the new DC Universe digital subscription service.