HBO Max’s “Dead Boy Detectives” Pilot Has Found Its Main Cast, Variety learned only from sources.
George Rexstrew, Jayden Revri (“The Lodge”) and Kassius Nelson (“Last Night in Soho”, “Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events”) will star in the three lead roles. Rexstrew is a recent graduate of the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, and “Dead Boy Detectives” would mark his on-screen debut.
Based on the DC Comics characters created by Neil Gaiman, the hour-long series would follow the Dead Boy detectives – Charles Rowland (Revri) and Edwin Paine (Rexstrew) – who decided not to enter the afterlife to stay on Earth. and crimes to be investigated involving the supernatural. They are joined by Crystal Palace (Nelson), a living psychic medium.
In addition, sources say the cast also includes: Alexander Calvert (“Supernatural”, “Arrow”) as Thomas The Cat King; Briana Cuoco (“The Flight Attendant”, “Harley Quinn”) as Jenny, described as a light punk butcher and a Crystal Palace confidante; Jenn Lyon (“Claws”, “Justified”) as Esther, described as a witch obsessed with youth and immortality; Yuyu Kitamura (“The Expatriates”, “Mother Tongue”) as Niko, a boarding school student who plans to join the Dead Boy Detectives agency that now lives above Jenny’s butcher shop; and Ruth Connell (“Supernatural”, “For the Love of George”) who will play Night Nurse, a demon who controls the flow of souls in the afterlife. Connell previously played that character in the HBO Max-DC series “Doom Patrol.”
Representatives from HBO Max and WBTV declined to comment on the castings.
Sebastian Croft and Ty Tennant played Rowland and Paine in the third season of “Doom Patrol”, respectively, while Madalyn played Horcher Palace. None of these three is connected to the pilot.
Steve Yockey writes and produces the pilot, which: Variety exclusively reported in September. Jeremy Carver is also an executive producer. Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter and David Madden will executive produce through Berlanti Productions. Warner Bros. Television is the studio. Production is currently underway.
Carver developed “Doom Patrol” for television and also serves as showrunner and executive producer on that series. He and Yockey previously worked together on “Supernatural,” another WBTV production. Berlanti Productions also produces “Doom Patrol”, with the company under a rich blanket deal with WBTV.
If “Dead Boy Detectives” goes into a series, it would be Gaiman’s latest work being adapted for the screen. Starz is currently airing “American Gods,” while Netflix recently released the final season of “Lucifer” and is preparing a series adaptation of “The Sandman.” Gaiman currently has a blanket deal with Amazon with that streamer airing the serialized version of “Good Omens.” A second season is on the way for that show, while Amazon is also preparing a series based on Gaiman’s “Anansi Boys.”
Rexstrew is represented by United Agents. Revri is represented by Revolution Talent and Luber Roklin Entertainment. Nelson is represented by Conway van Gelder Grant and Luber Roklin Entertainment. Calvert is represented by ICM. Cuoco is represented by SDB Partners, Thruline Entertainment and Hansen Jacobson. Lyon is represented by TalentWorks and Principal Entertainment LA. Kitamura is represented by Take 3 Talent. Connell is represented by Identity Agency Group and Luber Roklin Entertainment.
(Pictured, left to right: George Rexstrew, Jayden Revri, Kassius Nelson)