Nick Stahl Joins <i>Locke &amp; Key</i>

Carnivàle star Nick Stahl has joined the cast of Locke & Key, Fox's adaptation of the acclaimed horror comic by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez, Deadline reports. The series, originally planned for summer, is now targeted for the network's fall lineup.

Debuting in 2008 from IDW Publishing, Locke & Key centers on Nina Locke (Miranda Otto) and her three children Tyler, Kinsey (Sarah Bolger) and Bode who, after the murder of Nina's husband Rendell, return to Keyhouse, the family home in Lovecraft, Massachusetts. There they encounter a manipulative entity named Dodge, and numerous doors that can transport the mansion's residents to other worlds or bestow them with supernatural abilities. Written by Hill, author of Heart Shaped Box and son of Stephen King, and illustrated by Rodriguez, the series won the 2009 British Fantasy Award for best comic or graphic novel.

Stahl (Terminator 3, Sin City) will play Rendell's younger brother Duncan Locke, an art teacher who lives near Keyhouse and who has few memories of growing up in the house.

Locke & Key is produced by Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci (Star Trek, Fringe) through their first-look deal with DreamWorks TV. Mark Romanek (Never Let Me Go) is directing the pilot from a script by Josh Friedman ( The Black Dahlia, Terminator: The Sarah Conner Chronicles).

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