After almost a decade in development, Netflix's adaptation of Locke & Key seems to be moving forward, as another major cast member has just been confirmed.
On Twitter, 17-year-old autistic actor Coby Bird announced he will be playing the role of Rufus Whedon, who is presented in the comic book source material as a neurodivergent character.
I am so excited to share with you that I will be playing Rufus in the upcoming Locke & Key series on Netflix These last 5 months I have been honored to work with and learn from the hardest working and most accepting cast and crew there is! #lockeandkey #rufuswhedon #autism pic.twitter.com/JUrQq67gRB— Coby Bird (@thecobybird) July 1, 2019
The Locke & Key comic debuted in 2008, written by Joe Hill and illustrated by Gabriel Rodriguez. The series follows a family whose members are the keepers of a series of mystical keys. Bird plays Rufus Whedon, a friend and associate of the main characters, who has a recurring role throughout the series.
In his post, Bird calls the cast and crew of the new Netflix series "the hardest working and most accepting cast and crew there is," and notes how much he has learned from them in the five months he has been on the show. Though no premiere date has been released, principal photography on the series has been underway since February and is scheduled to wrap in the next few days.