Last we heard, the CW wanted to bring ‘iZombie‘ to the small screen and had ordered a pilot. What we didn’t know was who was going to star in it. That’s starting to change as three of the show’s stars have been announced!
Starring as one of the leads is Malcolm Goodwin (‘American Gangster’, ‘Breakout Kings’) who has joined the cast as as a lead police detective. Alexandra Krosney (‘Last Man Standing’, ‘Transformers: Prime’) and David Anders (‘Once Upon a Time’, ‘Vampire Diaries”) are also set to co-star. No word on who will be playing the female lead at this moment but this announcement also gave some details about the plot on the show and there are going to be some major changes from the comic book right off the bat.
To start with, the show’s main character is named Liv unlike the original who is named Gwen. The actress playing Liv has not yet been announced at this time. Other changes include her working at a morgue and having a roommate.
Let’s take a look at how they describe the television show compared to the comic adaptation:
‘iZombie’ is a supernatural crime procedural that centers on Liv, a med student-turned-zombie who takes a job in the coroner’s office to gain access to the brains she must reluctantly eat to maintain her humanity, but with each brain she consumes, she inherits the corpse’s memories. With the help of her medical examiner boss and a police detective (Goodwin), she solves homicide cases in order to quiet the disturbing voices in her head. Goodwin’s Clive is a detective who recently received a promotion from vice to homicide but has been floundering for his first two months and is in desperate need of making a case. Though dubious at first about Liv’s “psychic” powers, she demonstrates too much accuracy for him not to take her seriously. Krosney plays Peyton, Liv’s best friend and roommate who is baffled by Liv’s recent behavior and feels like they’re drifting apart. Anders plays the show’s bad guy Blaine, an entitled rich kid who bites off more than he can chew in the drug business.
Gwendolyn “Gwen” Dylan is a 20-something gravedigger in an eco-friendly cemetery. Once a month she must eat a human brain to keep from losing her memories, but in the process she becomes consumed with the thoughts and personality of the dead person – until she eats her next brain. She sets out to fulfill the dead person’s last request, solve a crime or right a wrong.
Our zombie girl detective is joined by a radical supporting cast: her best friend Eleanor, who happens to be a swinging ’60s ghost, a posse of paintball blasting vampires, a smitten were-dog and a hot but demented mummy.
As you can see, the series will deviate from the comic quite a bit and fans of the comic are going to be rightfully annoyed that so much of the source material is being changed. They had a great premise to worry about and have just turned it on its head. I understand some changes being needed to turn properties into a television franchise but the removal of her being a gravedigger to fulfill her needs and all of the other changes just have me disheartened that they’ll keep true to the tone of the comic.
If you enjoyed the comic what do you think of the changes they are making for the show? If you haven’t read the comic what do you feel about the show’s description? Share your thoughts below!