Matt Ryan, a Welsh actor who had a role on the short-lived spin-off CRIMINAL MINDS: SUSPECT BEHAVIOR, has been cast as the lead in NBC’s CONSTANTINE, based on the supernatural investigator from DC Comics, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
THR describes the drama series thusly:
“CONSTANTINE centers on 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.”
Constantine is a reluctant and very flawed hero — he’s selfish, self-centered, cynical, jaded, not above cheating to win, and he doesn’t care who suffers the consequences of his actions, as long as it isn’t him. He smokes and drinks to excess and is just as willing to cheat and swindle the forces of Good as those of Evil. Well, at least that’s what the bloke is like in the Hellblazer comics; I’m sure NBC will lighten him up a bit. To hammer home a moral, I suggest the network play up the fact that Constantine is literally haunted by the ghosts of the dead friends he has betrayed.
The pilot is written by Daniel Cerone (DEXTER), and centers on Constantine’s attempt to save the daughter of a friend from a group of demons. If this episode works out anything like the similar seminal storyline in the comics… well, you wouldn’t want to be John — or that little girl. It will be directed by big-screen helmer Neil Marshall, who has been much-lauded for 2002’s Dog Soldiers and 2005’s The Descent. He recently turned to TV, directing GAME OF THRONES and BLACK SAILS.
David Goyer (Man of Steel) is CONSTANTINE’s executive producer. Ryan voiced Edward Kenway in the videogame Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag.
This series does not look to be connected in any way to the 2005 Keanu Reeves movie of the same name based on the same comics and changes a lot about the character.
If the series wants to make a friend out of me, it can use the proper pronunciation of “Constantine” — as explained by Lady Johanna Constantine: “Con-stan-TYNE,” not “Con-stan-TEEN.”