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Casting: Robert Kirkman's Invincible taps Mark Hamill, Seth Rogen & more; Netflix adds to Locke & Key

By Benjamin Bullard
Invincible via Image Comics website 2019

Amazon made waves with fans of Robert Kirkman’s Invincible comics last year when it announced an eight-episode animated miniseries based on the adventures of Mark Grayson. And with the new reveal of a killer voice cast that includes Mark Hamill along with a key Walking Dead alum, the waves are only getting bigger.

Via The Hollywood Reporter, Amazon has revealed no fewer than 16 actors who’ll lend their regular vocal talents to the series, and it’s a list dominated by big names. In addition to Hamill, Steven Yeun (the late, great Glenn Rhee on The Walking Dead) will reportedly voice conflicted protagonist Mark, the son of Omni-Man (aka the world’s greatest superhero).

Joining Yeun is a deep and award-winning lineup: Sandra Oh, J.K. Simmons, Seth Rogen, Zazie Beetz, Gillian Jacobs, Max Burkholder, Andrew Rannells, Jason Mantzoukas, Melise, Walton Goggins, Mae Whitman, Kevin Michael Richardson, Chris Diamantopoulos, and Grey Griffin.

Did you get all that? Perhaps not surprisingly, the head-spinning assembly of talent includes a deep tie to Kirkman’s Walking Dead. Yeun was a TWD regular until Season 7, when Negan gave Glenn a lethal sendoff in the season’s tear-jerking premiere episode.

Next to TWD, Invincible represents Kirkman’s most prolific comics output, having run as a Skybound/Image Comics title from its 2003 debut up through February of last year — so there’s a wealth of material for showrunner Simon Racioppa (Teen Titans) to work with.

There’s also a film treatment for Invincible in the works at Universal from Rogen and Evan Goldberg; THR reports that project remains on track and will have a storyline distinct from the Amazon series.

Locke & Key, the TV adaptation from Joe Hill’s dark fantasy comic, has opened yet another casting door with the reported addition of Darby Stanchfield (Scandal).

According to Deadline, Stanchfield reportedly will play titular mom Nina Locke, a role formerly filled by Miranda Otto back when the show was picked up in 2011 by Fox for a pilot episode. The show eventually ended up on Hulu’s roster before Netflix picked it up last summer.

Stanchfield will join Connor Jessup and Emilia Jones, who’ll play brother-and-sister duo Tyler and Kinsey Locke, as well as Jackson Robert Scott as younger brother Bode. Sherri Saum also recently boarded the show as Ellie Whedon, a teacher with a deep history involving the Locke family.

Locke & Key follows the three siblings and their mom, who move to Massachusetts after Nina’s husband (the children’s father) is murdered. They discover that their new East Coast home comes with a set of magical keys, each of which has the power to grant the children a different ability. Of course the kids aren’t the only ones who know about the secret power, and they have to keep a demonic threat at bay to keep the keys safe.

Netflix hasn’t revealed a premiere date for the show’s first 10-episode run, so stay tuned.