Casting for WGN America’s DC Comics pilot “Scalped” has officially begun with actress Lily Gladstone (“Certain Women”) landing the first series regular role, according to Variety.
The series will be based on a 2007 western crime comic published by DC’s Vertigo imprint. The story will take place on a Native American reservation and will explore power, loyalty and spirituality. Gladstone will take on the role of Carol Red Crow, the estranged daughter of the community leader, Chief Red Crow.
Gladstone’s character was once the “Rez Princess” but after tragic circumstances set her against her father, she traveled down a self destructive path. Carol will eventually come to find out how she can influence life on the Rez through the course of the series.
WGN America wants to cast a majority of Native American actors and actresses. Keeping with that goal, Gladstone is Native American and spent part of her early childhood growing up in the reservations.
“Scalped” was first reported to be in development at WGN America in 2014. It will be executive produced by DC Entertainment’s Geoff Johns. Doug Jung, whose credits include “Star Trek: Beyond,” wrote the pilot script and will also serve as executive producer on the pilot.
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Running for 60 issues from 2007 to 2012, “Scalped” remained one of the most acclaimed comic books of its time. It was written by Jason Aaron and illustrated by R.M. Guéra. The comic series told the stories of the fictional Prairie Rose Indian Reservation, located in South Dakota.
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