Jason Ritter Joins Netflix Superhero Drama ‘Raising Dion’
Netflix’s upcoming superhero drama ‘Raising Dion‘ has found another castmember as ‘Kevin (Probably) Saves the World’ star Jason Ritter signs onto the show.
The hourlong, sci-fi, family drama is the brainchild of commercial and music video director Dennis Liu, who created the comic book and directed the short film, which became a viral hit. The series follows the story of a woman named Nicole Reese, who raises her son Dion after the death of her husband Mark (Michael B. Jordan). The normal dramas of raising a son as a single mom are amplified when Dion starts to manifest several magical, superhero-like abilities. Nicole must now keep her son’s gifts secret with the help of Mark’s best friend Pat, and protect Dion from antagonists out to exploit him while figuring out the origin of his abilities.
Ritter plays Pat, a geeky comic-book-reading scientist who worked with Mark and was his best friend. After Mark dies, he makes every effort to be there for Nicole and Dion, and loves them like family. Pat smart, cute, successful, and has a special bond with Dion.
Ritter was starring in the recently cancelled ‘Kevin (Probably) Saves the World’, but you may know him from ‘The Event’, ‘Parenthood’, ‘Joan of Arcadia’ and ‘Gravity Falls’. He also popped up in ‘The Long Road Home’ mini-series and is currently starring in ‘Another Period’ for Comedy Central.
Carol Barbee (‘UnREAL’, ‘Jericho’, ‘Touch’), will serve as showrunner/executive producer on ‘Raising Dion’ and wrote the script for episode 1, which Liu will direct. Joining them as executive producers are Michael B. Jordan (‘Creed’, ‘Fant4stic’), through his Outlier Society Productions, who also appears in a minor role on the series. Michael Green (‘American Gods’, ‘Logan’), Charles D. King, and Kenny Goodman also exec produce.
The ten-episode series will premiere on Netflix in more than 190 countries around the world. There’s no official air date for ‘Raising Dion‘ yet, but we’re expecting it to land in 2019.