We finally get our first look at Constantine’s Zed in some official stills and a TV spot!
The original female lead of Constantine was Liv, a character created specifically for the pilot, played by Lucy Griffiths. It was revealed in July that the True Blood star had exited Constantine after the show’s creators opted to move in a different direction. They decided her Liv character was to be written out, with a plan to replace her with Mary “Zed” Martin, a DC Comics character who made her first appearance in Hellblazer #4. A couple of days after that we learned that Angélica Celaya (Dallas, Burn Notice) had been cast in the Zed role.
The reason for the change was the creators realized they needed a female character who was more a match for Constantine in both abilities and charisma.
Executive Producer Daniel Cerone describes Zed:
“Someone who can go toe-to-toe with John, and that’s ultimately something we felt like we needed, we wanted a more dynamic relationship, as opposed to someone who is a teacher/mentor and a student. It just didn’t feel as fertile and rich of an area as just a strong a man and a strong woman who are both very different.”
Zed’s first appearance has been added as teaser at the end of the pilot, and she’ll be properly introduced the following week in an episode titled “The Darkness Beneath.”
“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 directed the pilot.
The series stars Matt Ryan, Harold Perrineau, Charles Halford, and Angélica Celaya.
Constantine airs Fridays at 10 p.m. starting Oct. 24th on NBC.