Casting roundup: DC Universe's Swamp Thing; Annabelle sequel land actresses

Contributed by
Sep 28, 2018, 4:46 PM EDT

Two of the hottest properties in their respective realms have landed significant actresses for their latest iterations. Superhero fans love Swamp Thing, and horror fans love the world of James Wan’s The Conjuring — now they have some faces to place with the upcoming entries in the respective canons.

First up is the soggy DC hero. Variety reports that DC Universe’s edgy Swamp Thing show has added Jennifer Beals as Sheriff Lucilia Cable — a possible antagonist for the series.

Is this new character the mother of the comic’s Matthew Cable? Matthew was a government agent seeking justice, erroneously blaming Swamp Thing for the disappearance of researchers Alec and Linda Holland. Perhaps Beals’ Sheriff will be beset by similarly strange forces of nature as she protects her son, Matt, and her town of Marais.

No news quite yet on when Swamp Thing will bring its episodic adventures to DC’s new streaming service, but with its world fleshing itself out, the trippy, organic adventures can’t be far away.

Next up, according to Deadline, Captain Marvel’s Mckenna Grace has been cast as the Warren daughter Judy in the third Annabelle film. Judy becomes the doll’s target, and it haunts her and her two teenage babysitters over the course of the film, which Wan compared to Night at the Museum.

Wan colleague and horror screenwriter Gary Dauberman (It, The Nun) is making his directorial debut with the film — which, surprisingly, hasn’t yet confirmed the two actors playing the elder Warrens, Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson. The untitled Annabelle film is shooting next month and promises a release next summer on July 3.

It looks as though Sony’s reboot of Charlie’s Angels has just landed yet another star to step into one of the new movie’s numerous, rotating incarnations of Bosley — the original TV series’ cipher for the enigmatic and never-seen Charlie.

Via Variety, Marvel and DC alum Djimon Hounsou (Guardians of the Galaxy, Aquaman) will join fellow Bosley actors Elizabeth Banks and Patrick Stewart for the reboot, alongside the new Angels casting trio of Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott, and Ella Balinska.

Directed by Banks from a screenplay by Banks, Jay Basu, Semi Chellas, Craig Mazin, Charlie’s Angels is set to hit theaters on Sept. 27 of next year.

We’ll end with one of the more fun casting tidbits you’re likely to hear: Riley Keough (Hold the Dark, Mad Max: Fury Road) has reportedly been cast for a guest spot in the upcoming season of Riverdale, after tweeting the very words “I just want to be cast in Riverdale” back in May.

Vulture reports that The CW has granted Keough’s wish by snagging her for a role on an upcoming episode as Laurie Lake, an “all-American farm girl” who befriends Archie and Jughead when they stray onto her land looking for a place to lie low.

Season 3 of Riverdale heads to The CW beginning Oct. 10.