Making Marvel comics move, whether it’s for movies or television, is big business these days, and that means it’s attracting some pretty big names. Lena Headey and Luke Wilson are the newest names attached to the upcoming Marvel animated series, New-Gen.
New-Gen is part of the Marvel comics book universe, but it’s a far trip from the places occupied by Captain America, Spider-Man, and even Thor. The story starts in another dimension where nanotech controls everything from buildings to the weather. Deadalus, the apprentice of a scientist named Dr. Gabriel, tries to use the nanotechnology to become more powerful, and accidentally infects a bunch of kids with it in the process, turning them into super-powered but apparently non-human creatures. Gabriel tries to train the infected kids and sends his infant sons back in time to modern-day New York City, while Dr. Deadalus finds he can control robotic insects with his mind and make them burrow into other dimensions. We can only hope the show gets this weird.
Headey (Game of Thrones) is set to play Dr. Gabriel’s wife, Thea; Wilson (Stargirl, Idiocracy, Old School) will play Roboduck. Also cast are Finn Wolfhard (Stranger Things) and his brother Nick as the twin brothers, and Anya Charlotra (The Witcher) in an un-named role.
New-Gen’s creators are aiming the show squarely at the 7-plus age group according to earlier casting news, and have not announced a venue for the show, whether via streaming or broadcast. New-Gen is based on the comic book of the same name by J.D. Matonti, Chris Patonti, and Julia Coppola. Brent Friedman is showrunner. The show is being co-written by Eugene Son, who has previously worked on animated series like Avengers Assemble and Ultimate Spider-Man. Bardel Entertainment is producing.
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