Oscar Award-nominee Virginia Madsen is ready to head on down to the Louisiana bayou next year. DC Universe has announced that the actress is set to join their upcoming Swamp Thing live-action adaptation in an original character role.
Madsen will play the character of Maria Sunderland, created just for the show, the character’s official description is:
“Maria Sunderland traded in her privileged upbringing for the swamps of Marais when she married local business magnate Avery Sunderland, but Avery’s life-time obsession with the swamp has driven a wedge between him and Maria. Her poised existence is shaken further when the return of Abby Arcane reawakens a deep grief over the loss of Maria’s daughter, Shawna, drawing her into the dark supernatural mysteries emerging from the swamp.”
The aforementioned husband of Maria, one Avery Sunderland, is a character from the Swamp Thing-related comics. General Avery Carlton Sunderland was a wicked CEO who was tasked the responsibility to capture Swamp Thing, to dissect him for chemicals and profit, but he failed in Alan Moore, Steve Bissette and John Totleben’s The Saga of the Swamp Thing #21 in 1982.
Produced by James Wan (through Atomic Monsters) and written by Mark Verheiden and Gary Dauberman, Swamp Thing currently also stars Crystal Reed as Abby Arcane and is set to debut sometime in 2019. It’s one of six (counting the already debuted Titans) original series set for the DC Comics-centric streaming platform.