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Mendelsohn, Bellucci, & Perlman Sought For ‘Justice League Dark’

While the project still lacks a director, casting is already underway for Justice League Dark (aka Dark Universe).  The project is expected to film next summer.  It will be produced by Scott Rudin and Guillermo Del Toro, utilizing a script from the latter.  So who’s in line to be in this horror-themed entry in the DC Cinematic Universe?  Quite a few people, it seems.

Heroic Hollywood is reporting that Ben Mendelsohn is in talks to play the film’s villain, Anton Arcane.  Our own sources have backed this up, stating that the Swamp Thing nemesis is indeed the big baddie of the piece, though his scheme remains unknown at this time.  Early rumors had Felix Faust pegged as the antagonist, but it appears that Warner Bros. has decided to skew Swamp Thing-heavy with the film.  Anton Arcane was previously portrayed by Louis Jourdan in the two live action films from the 1980s and by Mark Linsday Chapman on the “Swamp Thing” TV series that ran from 1990-1993.

Speaking of the big green hero himself, Del Toro has apparently tapped frequent collaborator Ron Perlman to voice Swamp Thing.  It appears the mutated Alec Holland will be a mostly (if not fully) CG-creation, which isn’t too surprising, although I’d prefer an actor on set with CGI augmentation myself.  I wouldn’t be too surprised if they tap into a good portion of the Alan Moore run from the comics to fill out this tale either.

Monica Bellucci, recently showcased for a short bit in Spectre, is being sought for the role of Madame Xanadu, an immortal mystic with the powers of precognition, among other things.  Latino Review reported yesterday that Colin Farrell was being eyed to play John Constantine and Ewan McGregor tapped for Jason Blood (and his alter-ego, Etrigan the Demon), but we haven’t be able to confirm either just yet with our own sources.  As it stands, we consider both to simply be rumors at this time.

Both Constantine and Blood were in Del Toro’s original draft from the script, along with the likes of The Spectre, The Phantom Strange, Zatanna, and Deadman.  We have no way of knowing how much the script has changed since then, however, so it remains unclear as to who else is on the team now beyond Swamp Thing and Madame Xanadu.  Regardless, we are definitely looking at WB’s second dark antihero-filled team-up picture, following the release of David Ayer’s Suicide Squad next year.

How will this one connect to the other films on the slate?  Well, there’s certainly room for the inclusion of (or a cameo from) the likes of Cara Delevingne’s Enchantress (from Suicide Squad) or whatever role Said Taghmaoui is rumored to be playing in Wonder Woman.  The actor is currently rumored to be playing Zatara (father of Zatanna) or Doctor Fate, both of which would fit well with this area of the DC Comics world.

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