DC’s Dead Boy Detectives Still Alive at HBO Max, Casts Lukas Gage
DC’s Dead Boy Detectives still has life at HBO Max — and it has tracked down its latest star. On Thursday, a report from Assortment uncovered that the series has cast The White Lotus and Elation’s Lukas Gage in a recurring job. Gage will play the Cat King, described as a charming trickster and itinerant cat spirit, who takes strong fascination with Edwin.” The job was previously held by Alexander Calvert, in the latest instance of the series recasting. Dead Boy Detectives was first reported to be in the works last year, after various incarnations of the characters were showcased on a Season 3 episode of Destruction Patrol. The characters originally appeared within the pages of The Sandman, and were created by Neil Gaiman and Matt Wagner.
Dead Boy Detectives offers a fresh interpretation of a ghost story that explores loss, distress, and death from the perspective of Edwin Payne (novice George Rexstrew) and Charles Rowland (The Cabin’s Jayden Revri), two dead British teenagers, and their exceptionally alive companion, Crystal Royal residence (Last Night in Soho’s Kassius Nelson). Additional series stars include Briana Cuoco (The Airline steward, Harley Quinn) as Jenny the Butcher, Yuyu Kitamura (The Expatriates) as Niko, and Jenn Lyon (Claws, Justified) as Esther. Ruth Connell (Supernatural) also reprises her job as the Night Nurse from the “Dead Patrol” episode of Destruction Patrol.
The series is showrun by Destruction Patrol and The Airline steward’s Steve Yockey, who also composed the pilot episode, which is coordinated by Superman and Lois’ Lee Toland Krieger. Yockey, Jeremy Carver (Destruction Patrol, Supernatural), Greg Berlanti (You, The Flash), and Sarah Schechter (The Airline steward, You) are leader producers on the series. The series is created by Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television.
“We are eager to grow further into the DC Universe with Steve, Jeremy and the Berlanti group with this thrilling different take on an investigator series,” Sarah Aubrey, Head of Original Content, HBO Max, said in a statement. “We were fascinated by the world of the Dead Boy Detectives that Steve and Jeremy first introduced in Destruction Patrol, and can hardly hold on to follow the supernatural sleuths in the startling mysteries to come.”
“I’ve been obsessed with this comic for a long time, so it’s a genuine passion project,” Yockey repeated. “And Jeremy, Berlanti Productions, DC, WBTV, HBO Max – they’re all encouraging me to run with each wild, strange, and unsettling decision. The result is going to be truly dull tomfoolery.”
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