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Jackie Earle Haley Joins “The Tick” as The Terror

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Jackie Earle Haley Joins “The Tick” as The Terror

Jackie Earle Haley is headed to “The Tick.” According to Deadline, he will play The Terror, who is described as “our world’s epitome of the criminal mastermind, a hooded ancient villain barking at his minions whose incredible will power and tenacity have powered an underworld syndicate for decades.” Hayley will play the key villainous regular role opposite Peter Serafinowicz’s The Tick.

As previously reported, in the new “Tick” pilot, the title character will be “recovering from a memory loss” and end up “re-teaming with Arthur to fight evil.” Arthur will be “labeled as a schizophrenic because of his statements that evil plans to rule the city, and no one believes him until he runs into Tick;” Dot is “a nurse who loves her brother Arthur to death and worries about him.” “Tick” creator Ben Edlund will executive produce the pilot.

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News of a live-action “Tick” return first surfaced in 2014. The character started life as a mascot for comic book store New England Comics, where Edlund shopped, before later starring in full-length stories, gaining popularity as an over-the-top parody of superhero comics. An acclaimed animated series ran on Fox Kids from 1994 to 1996, and the live-action series (also from Sony) starring Patrick Warburton lasted just nine episodes on Fox from 2001 to 2002, but attracted a cult following in the process.

Along with Edlund, Barry Josephson — who was an executive producer on the Fox “Tick” live-action series — is set to return. Wally Pfister, a director and cinematographer best known for his work with Christopher Nolan including the “Dark Knight” trilogy, is in negotiations to direct the pilot.

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