Oscar-nominated actor Jackie Earle Haley is set for a key villainous regular role opposite Peter Serafinowicz in the Amazon pilot The Tick, a new take on Ben Edlund‘s comic book character with an all-new cast. Additionally, he is in negotiations for a co-starring role opposite Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey in The Dark Tower.
The Tick reboot, written and executive produced by Edlund, is bringing back the eponymous muscle-bound, antennae-sporting superhero (Serafinowicz). In the new incarnation, the blue-suited Tick is recovering from a memory loss and ends up reteaming with his sidekick Arthur (Griffin Newman) to fight evil.
Haley will be a major part of that evil, as he will play The Terror, a powerful super villain and the leader of the evil league in the comics. He 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. The character was featured in an episode of Edlund’s 2001 Fox live-action series, where he was played by Armin Shimerman (right). Edlund executive produces the Amazon pilot with Barry Josephson for Sony Pictures TV.
This is Watchmen star Haley’s second role in a Sony TV adaptation of a cult comic book — he also recurs as the iconic character of Odin Quincannon in the studio’s upcoming AMC series Preacher. He will juggle filming of both projects.
Feature The Dark Tower, co-written and directed by Nikolej Arcel, is based on the Stephen King novels, with Akiva Goldman, Ron Howard, Brian Grazer and Erica Huggins producing. Haley will play Sayre, a menacing humanoid who is the vampire leader and kowtows to no one.
In addition to Preacher, Haley will next be seen in the indie feature Birth of a Nation, which was the toast of Sundance Film Festival.
Haley is repped by Leslie Rice and Gersh.