ABC soap fans will definitely want to keep tabs on the upcoming Netflix series Grendel, as the comic book adaptation has cast General Hospital's Jaime Ray Newman (ex-Kristina Cassadine) and All My Children's Brittany Allen (ex-Marissa Chandler).
Written and executive produced by Supernatural's Andrew Dabb and based on the Dark Horse Entertainment comic book series written by Matt Wagner, Grendel follows Hunter Rose (Abubakr Ali), a gifted fencer, writer, and assassin who is seeking to avenge the death of a lost love. He goes to war with New York's criminal underworld, only to realize that it might be better to join them than beat them.
According to Deadline, Newman will appear as Jocasta Rose, Hunter's former lover and mentor from his early days of fencing, while Allen will play a character named Annabelle Wright.
"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," says Wagner in a statement. "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."
Brittany Allen starred as AMC's Marissa from 2009 to 2010, winning the Outstanding Younger Actress Daytime Emmy in 2011. She went on to appear in series such as Defiance, Bomb Girls, Falling Water, and Taken, as well as in films like What Keeps You Alive, It Stains the Sands Red, and The Prodigy. She is also a budding composer, making music for horror projects like American Horror Stories and Two Sentence Horror Stories.
Jaime Ray Newman starred as GH's Kristina from 2002 to 2003. She went on to appear in series like Veronica Mars, Lincoln Heights, Eastwick, Drop Dead Diva, Bates Motel, The Punisher, and Little Fires Everywhere.
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