Following the casting of Lily Gladstone (“Certain Women”) earlier this week, WGN America’s TV adaptation of “Scalped” has added “Suicide Squad” actor Alex Meraz in another leading role. The news was reported Friday by Deadline, with the outlet revealing that Meraz is set to play the role of Dashiell Bad Horse.
Joining Meraz will be Gladstone, who has been cast as Carol Red Crow, the estranged daughter of the community leader, Chief Red Crow. The series, which is still rounding out its core cast, will reflect its source material and consist of a prominently Native American cast — a definite rarity in television. The television series will revolve around power, loyalty and spirituality, as well as the relationship between Meraz’s character, Dashiell, and the still-uncast Chief Lincoln Red Crow, following Dashiell’s extended absence from the reservation.
This is the second DC comics role for Meraz who had a minor role as Gomez of Seal Team A in last year’s “Suicide Squad.” He also played Paul Lahote in the “Twilight” film franchise.
“Scalped” is based on the acclaimed Vertigo comic of the same name that ran for 60 issues from 2007 to 2012, by series writer Jason Aaron (“Thor,” “Southern Bastards”) and artist R. M. Guéra. The “Scalped” pilot was written by Doug Jung, who has worked on movies including “Star Trek Beyond” and the forthcoming “God Particle.” Jung will serve as executive producer on the series alongside DC Entertainment’s Geoff Johns, while Bilall Fallah and Adil El Arbi (“Banshee”) will direct the pilot.
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