Netflix has announced that it's adapting the acclaimed Dark Horse series Grendel. The streaming giant has ordered an eight-episode season centered around Hunter Rose, the comic's original protagonist.
Supernatural veteran Andrew Dabb, who will serve as showrunner and executive producer of Netflix's adaptation of Grendel, will also write the script, and the series will also be executive produced by Grendel creator Matt Wagner, and Dark Horse Entertainment's Chris Tongue, Mike Richardson, and Keith Goldberg.
Hunter Rose will be played by Abubakr Ali. His character is described to be a talented fencer and acclaimed novelist, and he's driven bya mixture of boredom and vengeanceto become a costumed vigilante, before ultimately taking control of the city's criminal underworld.
Jaime Ray Newman (Dopesick) has been tapped to play Hunter's mentor Jocasta Rose; Julien Black Antelope has been cast to play Hunter's heroic nemesis, Argent, a centuries-old Native American man transformed into a werewolf.
The cast of the first season also includes Madeline Zima (Californication) as Liz Sparks; Emma Ho (Star Trek: Stranger New Worlds) as Stacy Palumbo; Kevin Corringan (Scenes from an Empty Church) as Barry Palumbo; Erik Palladino (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel) as Teddy Ciccone; Andy Mientus (The Flash) as Andy Stohler; and Brittany Allen (What Keeps You Alive) as Annabelle Wright.
Originally debuted in 1982's Comico Primer #2, Grendel was later expanded by Wagner, and since then, the Grendel saga has continued at Dark Horse through various limited and ongoing series.
"I couldn't be more thrilled about the Grendel saga, one of the longest-running independent comics series, finally being translated into live-action for the screen," said Wagner said in a statement. "Under the sharp guidance of showrunner Andrew Dabb, our incredible creative team, sure-to-be stellar cast and Dark Horse Entertainment have teamed with Netflix to produce this provocative adaptation that will bring my characters and concepts to an all new audience and yet still provide excitement and surprises for die-hard fans. I'm especially excited to see Abubakr Ali bring the character of Grendel/Hunter Rose to life -- he has the charisma, style and vital edginess that I've been envisioning in the role for years."
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