Continuing his anti-hero/villain persona, actor Jackie Earle Haley is set to play the key villainous figure in Amazon’s reboot of The Tick. There, he’ll portray The Terror and go toe-to-toe with newly-cast Peter Serafinowicz, who plays the titular character. Haley’s baddie is billed as a powerful super villain and leader of an evil league of mysterious characters.
The Terror was featured in one episode of the short-lived Fox live-action version of The Tick back in 2001, played by Armin Shimerman, but it seems like Haley’s version will be a series regular.
On the film side of things, Haley is in talks to join Nikolaj Arcel’s big screen adaptation of The Dark Tower. In the vein of Abby Lee’s casting as little-known book figure Tirana, Haley is circling the role of Sayre, who’s described as “a menacing humanoid who is a vampire leader.”
Although no first name is mentioned, the casting must be referencing Richard Sayre, a trickster figure in The Dark Tower books who has a pivotal moment during an arc very late in the series. As it was with Lee’s casting, it’s somewhat confusing to see that the very first film in the franchise is pulling in characters from so deep in the mythos and billing them as co-leads. This is especially odd considering that no hint has been given to the actors who will play the all-important roles of Eddie and Susannah.
Regardless, Haley always nails these villain-type roles, so at least fans of The Dark Tower and The Tick have got that to look forward to.
The debut of The Tick is still unannounced, but the quest to The Dark Tower is set to begin on February 17, 2017.