Report: NBC Close to Casting Its CONSTANTINE

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Matt Ryan in Hamlet
Matt Ryan in Hamlet
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The comic book casting carousal keep going round and round. Friday evening The Hollywood Reporter and Deadline reported the lead of NBC’s Constantine - the Warner Bros. TV drama based on the Vertigo/DC comic books - is close to going to Welsh-born actor Matt Ryan, of Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior and The Tudors.

According to Deadline, the series stars master of the occult John Constantine, “who struggles with his faith as he is haunted by the sins of his past and is suddenly thrust into the role of defending humanity from the gathering forces of darkness.”

“John is described as a working-class Londoner with deadpan humor who is a mysterious con man and occult detective haunted by the recent loss of a young girl's soul. No stranger to the dark underworld that exists parallel to our own, Constantine has been studying the dark arts since he was a teenager. He's taught himself spells, rituals, curses and conjuring, but the one person he most wishes to see -- his mother, who died giving birth to him -- remains out of reach, at least so far. When Liv, the daughter of a late friend, is targeted by demons, Constantine steps in to save her and the two form an alliance.”

THR adds Constantine is an “enigmatic and irreverent con man-turned-reluctant supernatural detective,” and describes him as a “working-lass Londoner with rakish good looks, scruffy blond hair, deadpan humor, and signature trench coat…”

Dexter and The Mentalist’s Daniel Cerone will write the pilot alongside David S. Goyer, who will also executive produce. Game of Thrones’ Neill Marshall will direct the pilot.

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