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Casting: Jason Ritter set for Netflix superhero family drama; Lovecraft Country loads up; more

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Jun 20, 2018, 7:50 PM EDT

In this edition of SYFY WIRE’s casting roundup, we’ve got news of Jason Ritter starring in a new superhero drama from Netflix, more actors joining the cast of Lovecraft Country, and Netflix's upcoming vampire show V-Wars gaining another series regular. So, let’s dig in!

First, Ritter will star in Netflix’s upcoming sci-fi superhero family drama, Raising Dion, the streaming service has confirmed. The series follows Nicole Reese, a widowed African-American mother raising her son Dion after the death of her husband Mark (Michael B. Jordan). As if raising a child as a single mom isn’t challenging enough, Dion starts to display several superhero-like abilities. Nicole must keep her son’s powers a secret and protect Dion from those wanting to exploit him, all while figuring out how he received his powers. 

Ritter will play Pat, a comic-book-reading scientist and Mark's best friend, who makes a big effort to be there for Nicole and Dion. 

The series is based on commercial and music video director Dennis Liu’s short film about an African-American single mother who discovers her young son has multiple, constantly changing abilities. Raising Dion comes from Liu, Jordan, showrunner Carol Barbee, Kenny Goodman, writer-producer Michael Green, and Charles D. King’s MACRO.

Next up, the cast for Jordan Peele’s Lovecraft Country continues to grow. After revealing that Jonathan Majors and Jurnee Smollett-Bell have landed leading roles for the horror-tinged drama series, HBO has confirmed that Courtney B. Vance (Terminator Genisys), Aunjanue Ellis (The Mentalist), and Elizabeth Debicki (Guardians of the Galaxy) have now joined the cast.

Based on the 2016 novel from Matt Ruff, Lovecraft Country follows Atticus Black (Majors) as he joins up with his friend Letitia (Smollett-Bell) and his Uncle George to embark on a road trip across 1950s Jim Crow America in search of his missing father. This begins a struggle to survive and overcome both the racist terrors of white America and terrifying monsters straight out of an H.P. Lovecraft story. 

Vance plays George Black, aka Uncle George, who's been more like a father to Atticus than an uncle. Ellis, meanwhile, will play Hippolyta Black, George's star-gazing wife and Atticus's aunt. And finally, Debicki stars as Christina Braithwhite, the only daughter of Samuel Braithwhite and leader of a secret order calling themselves the "Sons of Adam."

Lovecraft Country comes from Peele’s Monkeypaw Productions, J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot, Warner Bros. Television, and Misha Green. 

And finally, Peter Outerbridge (The Expanse, Nikita) has been cast as a series regular for V-Wars, a new vampire drama for Netflix, a series spokesperson has confirmed. 

Based on the series of novels by Jonathan Maberry documenting "the first Vampire War," V-Wars follows Dr. Luther Swann as he tries to combat a mysterious disease that turns its victims into bloodthirsty monsters. Swann’s life changes forever when his best friend, Michael Fayne, turns into a murderous predator who feeds on other humans. As the disease spreads, society is split between normal people and a growing number of vampires. While Swann desperately tries to understand what’s happening, Fayne rises among the ranks of the vampires to become their leader.

Outerbridge will play Calix Niklos, a malicious science expert on the Homeland Security Team. Ian Somerhalder stars as Dr. Luther Swann, and Adrian Holmes plays Michael Fayne.

High Park will produce V-Wars in association with IDW Entertainment. William Laurin and Glenn Davis will serve as showrunners. Brad Turner will direct the pilot episode and executive produce. Eric Birnberg and Thomas Walden will executive produce for High Park, with David Ozer and Ted Adams for IDW and James Gibb for Marada Pictures.