Netflix has announced a series titled Grendel based on Matt Wagner‘s Dark Horse Entertainment comic book series of the same name. The series will star Abubakr Ali in the lead role. Grendel tells the story of Hunter Rose (Ali), a fencer, writer, and assassin who fights organized crime in New York City to avenge the death of his lost love until he becomes a criminal and takes over the crime scene himself. The series has an eight-episode order from Netflix.
Ali is known for his role in Power Book II: Ghost, in which he plays Sebastian ‘Bash’ Kamal-Stern. He has also appeared in Katy Keene as Raj Patel and he will be appearing in the upcoming Billy Porter film What If? as a lead actor.
Aside from Ali, Grendel’s cast also includes Jaime Ray Newman (Dopesick) as Jocasta Rose, Julian Black Antelope (The Flash) as Argent, Madeline Zima (Hacks) as Liz Sparks, Kevin Corrigan (The Get Down) as Barry Palumbo, Emma Ho (The Expanse) as Stacy Palumbo, Erik Palladino (Watchmen) as Teddy Ciccone, Brittany Allen (What Keeps You Alive) as Annabelle Wright, and Andy Mientus (The Flash) as Larry Stohler.
The series will be written by Supernatural alumn Andrew Dabb who will also be serving as the showrunner and executive producer. Wagner, Dark Horse’s Mike Richardson (The Umbrella Academy), Keith Goldberg (The Umbrella Academy), and Chris Tongue (Splinter) will also be serving as executive producers.
One the Grendel series announcement and casting by Netflix, Wagner said this:
“I couldn’t be more thrilled about the ‘Grendel’ saga, one of the longest-running independent comics series, finally being translated into live-action for the screen. Under the sharp guidance of showrunner Andrew Dabb, our incredible creative team, sure-to-be stellar cast and Dark Horse Entertainment have teamed with Netflix to produce this provocative adaptation that will bring my characters and concepts to an all new audience and yet still provide excitement and surprises for die-hard fans. I’m especially excited to see Abubakr Ali bring the character of Grendel/Hunter Rose to life — he has the charisma, style and vital edginess that I’ve been envisioning in the role for years.”
Netflix and Dark Horse have previously worked together on the adaptation of Netflix’s hit series The Umbrella Academy, Jonas Åkerlund’s feature film Polar, and an animated series that is currently under production which is titled Samurai Rabbit: The Usagi Chronicles. No release date for the series has been announced yet.