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GRENDEL EXPLORES THE LINE BETWEEN HERO AND VILLAIN IN ALL-NEW NETFLIX SERIES

–Abubakr Ali leads the series as the titular vigilante hero Grendel/Hunter Rose–

–The supporting cast includes Brittany Allen, Julian Black Antelope, Kevin Corrigan, Emma Ho, Andy Mientus, Jaime Ray Newman, Erik Palladino and Madeline Zima–

–Andrew Dabb to serve as writer and showrunner for all-new series based on the popular, award-winning Dark Horse comic books from Matt Wagner–

Netflix has greenlit Grendel, an all-new, 8 episode series based on the masked vigilante from the popular, award-winning Matt Wagner/Dark Horse comic books.

Based on Matt Wagner’s groundbreaking comic book series, Grendel follows Hunter Rose, a gifted fencer, writer and assassin as, seeking to avenge the death of a lost love, he goes to war with New York’s criminal underworld, only to realize…why beat them, when you can join them?

The series is a Netflix production and comes out of Netflix’s first look deal with Dark Horse Entertainment. Netflix and Dark Horse have previously collaborated on the popular series The Umbrella Academy, Jonas Åkerlund’s feature film Polar,  and they are currently in production on the animated series, Samurai Rabbit: The Usagi Chronicles.

The cast is lead by Abubakr Ali (Power Book II: Ghost, Katy Keene, and lead in the upcoming feature from Orion Pictures/Killer Films What If, directed by Billy Porter) as the titular “Grendel”/“Hunter Rose.”

  • The cast also includes:

    • Jaime Ray Newman (Dopesick, The Time Traveler’s Wife) as “Jocasta Rose”

    • Julian Black Antelope (The Flash, Debris) as “Argent”

    • Madeline Zima (Californication, Hacks) as “Liz Sparks”

    • Kevin Corrigan (Scenes from an Empty Church, The Get Down) as “Barry Palumbo”

    • Emma Ho (Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, The Expanse) as “Stacy Palumbo”

    • Erik Palladino (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Watchmen) as “Teddy Ciccone”

    • Brittany Allen (What Keeps You Alive) as “Annabelle Wright”

    • Andy Mientus (The Flash, Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings) as “Larry Stohler”

Grendel creator Matt Wagner said: “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.”

Writer/Showrunner/Executive Producer: Andrew Dabb (Resident Evil, Supernatural)

Executive Producers: Dark Horse Entertainment’s Mike Richardson (The Umbrella Academy, Hellboy), Keith Goldberg (The Umbrella Academy, Resident Alien), Chris Tongue (Polar, Splinter), and comic creator Matt Wagner.

About Dark Horse Entertainment

Founded by Mike Richardson, Dark Horse Entertainment was spun off from his publishing company, Dark Horse Comics, in 1992. The company’s first major hits — THE MASK and TIMECOP — were based on Richardson’s creations and DHE has since produced over 30 films and series, including an Emmy Award-winning documentary, MR. WARMTH: THE DON RICKLES PROJECT. Recent projects include the DARK MATTER television series for Syfy network, and the hit Netflix film, POLAR, adapted from Victor Santo’s noir graphic novel starring Mads Mikkelsen. Current projects include the third season of THE UMBRELLA ACADEMY, a Netflix original series based on the comics created by Gerard Way (My Chemical Romance) and Gabriel Bá, COYOTE starring Emmy Award Winning actor Michael Chiklis on CBS All Access, RESIDENT ALIEN, a television series for Syfy starring Alan Tudyk (Firefly) based on the comic series by Peter Hogan and Steve Parkhouse. Upcoming projects at Netflix include SAMURAI RABBIT: THE USAGI CHRONICLES animated kids series based on the award-winning comic book series by Stan Sakai.

About Netflix

Netflix is the world’s leading streaming entertainment service with over 209 million paid memberships in over 190 countries enjoying TV series, documentaries and feature films across a wide variety of genres and languages. Members can watch as much as they want, anytime, anywhere, on any internet-connected screen. Members can play, pause and resume watching, all without commercials or commitments.

Daniel Pickett

AFi founder and Editor-In-Chief Daniel “Julius Marx” Pickett has been around toys his whole life. The first line he ever collected was Mego’s World’s Greatest Super Heroes line back in the 70s. He has been surrounded by collectables ever since.

In 1999 he was confounded by a lack of information and news about some of his favorite toy lines he was collecting. Since he couldn’t find the information he decided to pursue it himself thinking other people might also be interested in the same news. He started writing a weekly column on the toy industry and action figure for a toy news site and in a years time he tripled the sites daily traffic with his updates, reviews and product features.

He built relationships with every major toy manufacturer and many sculptors, painters and mold makers. He grew his hobby into a world wide expertise that the industry has embraced.

In 2004 he teamed up with his toy buddy Jason “ToyOtter” Geyer and they created their own website www.ActionFigureInsider.com.

Daniel has been quoted in both industry and mass media press outlets. Over the years Daniel and AFi have been sought out as experts in the field. Daniel was regularly featured on “Attack of the Show” on the G4 network as the primary contributor to their “Mint On Card” segment, and our front page has been linked to from USA Today’s
“Pop Candy” Blog twice. Daniel’s content has also been featured on Bloomberg News, MSNBC.com, Time.com, The Wall Street Journal, The Saturday Evening Post, CNN.com, AssociatedPress.com
Wired.com, Fark.com, Boing-Boing, Gizmodo.com, Ain’t It Cool News, the Official
Star Wars blog, Geekologie, G4, CNet and Toy Fare magazine, among many
others. He has consulted on toy lines, books, documentaries and TV shows.

But all of that really just sounds snooty and “tootin’ his own horn” – the long and short of it is that Daniel loves toys and he LOVES talking about them.





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