Deadline are reporting that actor Matt Ryan (Assassin Creed: Black Flag, Criminal Minds: Suspect behavior) has landed the lead in NBC’s upcoming pilot Constantine.
John Constantine is describes as:
“A working class Londoner with rakish good looks, scruffy blonde hair, deadpan humor, and signature trench coat, who has been studying the dark arts since he was a teenager. When the daughter of a late friend, is targeted by demons, Constantine steps in to save her.”
The project was written by Daniel Cerone and is based on a story created by him and David S. Goyer, Neil Marshal will direct the pilot.
Created by Alan Moore, John Constantine, a roguish magician/detective/conman, first appeared during the author’s run on Swamp Thing in 1985, receiving his own series, Hellblazer, under DC’s Vertigo imprint in 1988. That book ran for 300 issues before it was relaunched in DC’s “New 52″ continuity as Constantine with a younger take on the antihero.