Virginia Madsen
Avery Sunderland
Avery Sunderland
Credit: DC Comics

Virginia Madsen has been cast as Maria Sunderland for DC Universe's Swamp Thing, according to Deadline. Maria Sunderland is apparently a new character not from comic books, and was created to the wife of Avery Sunderland - who is from Swamp Thing comic books.

"Madsen will play Maria Sunderland, who traded in her privileged upbringing for the swamps of Marais when she married local business magnate Avery Sunderland (not yet cast), but Avery’s life-time obsession with the swamp has driven a wedge between him and Maria," reads the Hollywood trade's description of the role. "Her poised existence is shaken further when the return of Abby Arcane reawakens a deep grief over the loss of Maria’s daughter, Shawna, drawing her into the dark supernatural mysteries emerging from the swamp."

Madsen is best known for her roles in Candyman and Sideways. She has voiced numerous comic book characters in animated series ranging from the 2009 Wonder Woman film to the TV shows Justice League, Spider-Man: The New Animated Series, Justice League Unlimited,  and Teen Titans.

Swamp Thing is scheduled to premiere next year on DC Universe.


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