With all of the new Marvel TV series coming to Disney+ next year, it’d be easy to forget about the ones still in development for Hulu. The Ghost Rider series which had been in the works was officially canned last month, leaving a handful of animation projects in some state of development, plus one live-action series: Helstrom, based on the character created by Roy Thomas and Gary Friedrich. For fans wondering on the status of that series, the full cast for the series was revealed today.
Helstrom will follow Daimon and Ana Helstrom, the children of a mysterious serial killer, as they try to protect the world from otherworldly threats. The cast for the series will include three members of the Helstrom family: Tom Austen as Daimon Helstrom, Sydney Lemmon as Ana Helstrom, and Elizabeth Marvel as their mother, Victoria Helstrom. Other cast members include Robert Wisdom as a character called Caretaker; June Carryl as psychologist Dr. Louise Hastings; Ariana Guerra as Vatican investigator Gabriella Rosetti; and Alain Uy as Chris Yen, a close friend and business partner of Ana Helstrom.
In a statement, series showrunner and executive producer Paul Zbyszewski and EP praised the strength of the cast:
“We feel incredibly fortunate to have landed a cast loaded with this much talent. From the beginning, we knew we’d need a group of actors who were multifaceted, who could play all the chords any great Marvel show promises to play, from dramatic thriller to comedy to action. It’s going to be really fun to watch them work.”
In the original Marvel comics, Daimon Hellstrom (two Ls) is the literal son of Satan. It’ll be interesting to see how far into that mythology the Hulu series gets. Hellstrom most recently appeared in the first issue of the new series Strikeforce, in which he apparently died. He’ll probably get better, though.
Check out the full casting announcement, including cast photos and more info on each of the characters, below. No release date for Helstrom has yet been announced, but look for it on Hulu some time next year.
Los Angeles, October 8, 2019 – Marvel Television and HULU have announced casting for MARVEL’S HELSTROM – the live-action series based on the popular Marvel comic book. The series will mark Marvel’s first foray into terror and is slated for debut in 2020.
In MARVEL’S HELSTROM, Daimon and Ana Helstrom are the son and daughter of a mysterious and powerful serial killer. The siblings have a complicated dynamic as they track down the terrorizing worst of humanity — each with their attitude and skills.
Tom Austen (“Grantchester,” “The Borgias”) as Daimon Helstrom – A professor of ethics who moonlights as an exorcist, Daimon has no illusions about saving a world he has no patience for; he just hopes he can help a few of the people closest to him. In his battle against a hidden world, Daimon is determined to root out demons as they arise, and will not stop until they’re vanquished.
Sydney Lemmon (“Succession” “Fear of The Walking Dead”) as Ana Helstrom – By day, Ana runs a successful auction house and suffers no fools, but her true interest lies in hunting down those who hurt others. Traumatized by her father as a child, Ana is driven to rid the world of those like him, even as she secretly worries her father will return.
Elizabeth Marvel (“Homeland,” ”The Meyerowitz Stories”) as Victoria Helstrom – Plagued by demons both real and imagined, Victoria has been institutionalized for twenty years. While she struggles to be herself, she hopes to repair her relationship with her children.
Robert Wisdom (“Ballers,” ”Watchmen”) as Caretaker – Caretaker is a guardian of knowledge of the occult. He uses his knowledge and his relationship with Ana to help keep demonic forces at bay.
June Carryl (“Mindhunter,” “Dead Women Walking”) as Dr. Louise Hastings – A psychologist with a strong faith but an open mind, Hastings is head of the psychiatric hospital where Victoria is being monitored. She has watched over the Helstrom family for years, caring for them as best she can.
Ariana Guerra (“Raising Dion,” “Insatiable”) as Gabriella Rosetti – A woman balancing logic and faith, Gabriella arrives from the Vatican to help Daimon and Hastings uncover cases of demonic possession. She wants to save everyone she can, including Daimon.
Alain Uy (“The Passage,” “Paper Tigers”) as Chris Yen – Yen is Ana’s business partner and her closest friend — some would say surrogate brother. He carries out the bulk of the auction house’s responsibilities and assists Ana with whatever she needs.
“We feel incredibly fortunate to have landed a cast loaded with this much talent,” said series Executive Producer and Showrunner Paul Zbyszewski. “From the beginning, we knew we’d need a group of actors who were multifaceted, who could play all the chords any great Marvel show promises to play, from dramatic thriller to comedy to action. It’s going to be really fun to watch them work.”
“Marvel Television is thrilled to have such an amazing cast that enriches Paul’s fantastic writing,” said Executive Producer and Head of Marvel Television, Jeph Loeb. “The ensemble is the perfect way to bring our audience into our Adventure into Fear franchise causing delicious nightmares of what’s to come!”
Marvel’s Helstrom is co-produced by Marvel Television and ABC Signature Studios, part of Disney Television Studios.