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Emmett Scanlan to play The Spectre’s alter ego on NBC’s Constantine

September 6th, 2014 by Irwin Fletcher Comments

According to IGN, Emmett Scanlan (Hollyoaks, Guardians of the Galaxy, In the Flesh) is set to play Jim Corrigan in the upcoming NBC series, Constantine. Corrigan is the original alter-ego of The Spectre.

Jim Corrigan was created by Jerry Siegel and Bernard Bailey and made his appearance in 1940′s More Fun Comics #52. Corrigan, a police officer,  is murdered by criminals. When his soul refuses to enter the afterlife, he returns as a powerful supernatural defender of justice. The Spectre begins by seeking bloody vengeance against Corrigan’s murderers.

Corrigan will be a recurring guest star and will be New Orleans homicide detective on the show. He will be plunged into Constantine’s occult world. Corrigan is someone who is obsessed with justice, and who doesn’t let police procedure or red tape stop him from locking up the bad guys, even if the bad guys turn out not to be human.

“Based on the wildly popular comic book series “Hellblazer” from DC Comics, seasoned demon hunter and master of the occult John Constantine (Matt Ryan, “Criminal Minds”) specializes in giving hell… hell. Armed with a ferocious knowledge of the dark arts and his wickedly naughty wit, he fights the good fight — or at least he did. With his soul already damned to hell, he’s decided to leave his do-gooder life behind, but when demons target Liv (Lucy Griffiths, “True Blood”), the daughter of one of Constantine’s oldest friends, he’s reluctantly thrust back into the fray – and he’ll do whatever it takes to save her. Before long, it’s revealed that Liv’s “second sight” — an ability to see the worlds behind our world and predict supernatural occurrences — is a threat to a mysterious new evil that’s rising in the shadows. Now it’s not just Liv who needs protection; the angels are starting to get worried too. So, together, Constantine and Liv must use her power and his skills to travel the country, find the demons that threaten our world and send them back where they belong. After that, who knows… maybe there’s hope for him and his soul after all.”

From Warner Bros. Television, Dexter’s Daniel Cerone penned the teleplay and crafted the story alongside David Goyer (Batman Begins). Neil Marshall (The Descent) directed the pilot.

The series stars Matt Ryan, Harold Perrineau, Charles Halford, Angélica Celaya, and Michael James Shaw.

Constantine airs Fridays at 10 p.m. starting Oct. 24th on NBC.


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