Jackie Earle Haley Boards the Cast of The Tick

Posted by at 10:48 am on April 15, 2016

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Jackie Earle Haley has signed on to Amazon Studios and Sony Pictures Television‘s upcoming new The Tick series as central bad guy The Terror, leader of the evil league in the comics. Haley has previously appeared in comic book adaptations Watchmen, Human Target, and the upcoming series Preacher in the regular role of Odin Quincannon, which he will juggle with The Tick and Dark Tower roles.

Patrick Warburton, who headlined the previous live-action take on The Tick, is meanwhile attached as an executive producer for the new show. Also returning from the previous series are executive producers Ben Edlund and Barry Josephson. Edlund, who created The Tick, is also writing the new series.

Guardians of the Galaxy‘s Peter Serafinowicz leads a The Tick cast that already is set to feature Vinyl star Griffin Newman as accountant-turned-moth-themed-superhero Arthur Everest, while House of Lies‘ Valorie Curry will play Arthur’s sister, Dot.

The Tick was originally created by Ben Edlund in 1986 as a mascot for New England Comics. Edlund then brought the nigh-invulnerable justice seeker to life in The Tick’s own book two years later. In 1994, the first The Tick series came to television as an animated half-hour show which ran for two seasons and 36 episodes. All but two of those episodes have been released on DVD. However, citing “creative considerations,” “The Tick vs. The Mole Men” and “Alone Together” were omitted from their respective DVD sets.

In 2001, FOX debuted the live-action The Tick series with a pilot episode directed by Barry Sonnenfeld. Despite being cancelled after only nine episodes, The Tick has remained a cult hit.

The new The Tick will feature a pilot episode helmed by Transcendence‘s Wally Pfister. Check back for additional casting announcements as soon as they become available.

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