Netflix Orders ‘Grendel’ Series Based On Dark Horse Comic
With Abubakr Ali To Star
Netflix has given an eight-episode series order to Grendel, a series based on the masked vigilante from Matt Wagner’s popular, award-winning Dark Horse comic book series, with Abubakr Ali (Power Book II: Ghost, Katy Keene) set to star in the titular role.
With Ali’s casting, he becomes the first Arab Muslim male actor to portray a series lead in a comic book adaptation.
The series, written and executive produced by Resident Evil and Supernatural alum Andrew Dabb, comes out of Netflix’s first look deal with Dark Horse Entertainment.
This is so exciting!
Congrats, Abubakr Ali! Can’t wait to see this on Netflix.
Casting director, Jen Euston, said on Twitter a few hours ago:
“I had no idea that when we cast the extremely talented [Abubakr Ali] that he would be the first male Arab Muslim to portray a comic book lead. It’s 2021 and we shouldn’t be the first, but I’m proud to have been a part of it.”
Actor Abubakr Ali then responded:
“Shout out to the real life superheroes who’ve been out there paving the way and making more of this possible, [Riz Ahmed, Ramy Youssef, Hasan Minhaj, Mahershala Ali]. Praying for the day we start opening more doors to see more of our Muslim women and non-binary talent on these lists.”
You can follow Abubakr Ali on his twitter: @theAbubakrAli
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I recently did this new cover for the second edition of Dark Horse’s Avatar: The Last Airbender - The Art of the Animated Series hardcover book, which will be released on November 24, 2020. This is a redo of a DVD cover I did ages ago. I always liked the drawing but was never happy with how cramped the composition was and how poorly I colored it. It was fun to take a crack at it again. The second edition will have a few new things in it. Hope you enjoy!
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I’m working very hard on my latest book CHIVALRY for Neil Gaiman, coming from Dark Horse.
I’m running really late. How incredibly fortunate I am to have collaborators and clients who are willing to wait.
This is a dream project for me. Many artists never get to work on books like this. Or get extra time to do a good job.
I am deeply grateful. I know how lucky I am. I’m here working at 1:30 AM feeling full of hope, and shame that I get so much and so often don’t live up to it.
This book means so much to me, I desperately want to live up to it.
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