While large casts seem to be popular with dramas these days, NBC’s upcoming Constantine pilot is keeping it small with its series regulars. The show has added three more actors to join Matt Ryan, who’s playing the title role of John Constantine, which fills out the regular cast.
The first actor is Lucy Griffiths (True Blood), who will play Liv, the daughter of a recently deceased friend of Constantine’s. Liv is described as “an offbeat young woman tired of her ordinary life who comes to discover that she has the ability of seeing the supernatural world among us, which makes her a key player in the battle between good and evil.”
Harold Perrineau (Sons of Anarchy) will play Manny, an “an authoritative angel assigned to watch over Constantine who has the power to step into other people’s bodies.” Manny is supposed to only observe, but he’s ready to help out if he can save a life.
Finally, Charles Halford (True Detective) will play Chas, “Constantine’s oldest friend and staunch companion who possesses powerful survival skills that might possibly be supernatural.”
Constantine will follow John Constantine, a supernatural detective/con-man who finds himself defending the world against dark forces from beyond. Daniel Cerone and David S. Goyer will be writing and executive producing the series, while Neil Marshall will direct the pilot.
My knowledge of Constantine is next to nothing, so I don’t even know if these characters are original or from the comics. I’m not anticipating the show as much as others coming out next season (even Gotham is barely beating it out), but I am curious to see what NBC does with these characters. They’ve pulled off a good supernatural drama with Grimm, so ideally they’ll be able to pull off John Constantine’s shenanigans with demons and the underworld. They cast a Welsh actor in the title role, so that’s a step in the right direction.