Netflix Orders Adaptation of Dark Horse Comics Series Grendel

Netflix has placed an eight-episode series order to Grendel, a series based on the iconic Dark Horse comic book series, according to a recent report from Deadline.

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The series will reportedly star Abubakr Ali in the titular role — becoming “the first Arab Muslim male actor to portray a series lead in a comic book adaptation” — and will be written and executive produced by Andrew Dabb (Supernatural), who will also serve as showrunner for the series. The order is the result of Netflix’s first-look deal with Dark Horse Entertainment, which has already produced the hit series The Umbrella Academy, among other series.

According to Deadline, the cast of the upcoming series will also include Jaime Ray Newman (Dopesick), Julian Black Antelope (The Flash), Madeline Zima (Californication), Kevin Corrigan (The Get Down), Emma Ho (The Expanse), Erik Palladino (Watchmen), Brittany Allen (What Keeps You Alive), and Andy Mientus (The Flash). The full casting information, along with their characters, include:

  • Abubakr Ali as Grendel/Hunter Rose
  • Jaime Ray Newman as Jocasta Rose
  • Julian Black Antelope as Argent
  • Madeline Zima as Liz Sparks
  • Kevin Corrigan as Barry Palumbo
  • Emma Ho as Stacy Palumbo
  • Erik Palladino as Teddy Ciccone
  • Brittany Allen as Annabelle Wright
  • Andy Mientus as Larry Stohler

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Grendal tells the story of successful author Hunter Rose, who by night works as Grendel, an assassin that will seek to avenge the loss of a loved one that takes him through a battle against New York’s criminal underworld. The comic series debuted in 1982 and continues to run to this day, with various spinoffs having been formed from the original book.


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