‘Scandal’ Star Darby Stanchfield Lands Lead In Netflix’s ‘Locke & Key’
Netflix’s upcoming adaptation of comic book ‘Locke & Key‘ has found one of its leads in ‘Scandal’ star Darby Stanchfield it has been announced today.
‘Locke & Key’ is a horror/fantasy series that revolves around three siblings who, after the gruesome murder of their father, Rendell, are moved by their mother to their ancestral home in Massachusetts. Once they arrive, they discover the house has magical keys that give them a vast array of powers and abilities. Little do they know, a devious demon also wants the keys, and will stop at nothing to attain them.
Stanchfield is set to play the role of Nina Locke, the mother of the three siblings, who moves the family to get a fresh start, but also to try and solve the mystery of her husband’s murder. She is an artist and house renovator, and is struggling with her new role as a single parent.
Previously, Stanchfield played Abby Whelan on the recently concluded ‘Scandal’ and starred as Shannon Gibbs in ‘NCIS’. She also appeared in the critically acclaimed ‘Mad Men’ as Helen Bishop and played April Green in ‘Jericho’.
Stanchfield joins the previously announced cast who play her three children. Emilia Jones (‘Utopia’, ‘House of Anubis’) stars as Kinsey Locke, with Connor Jessup (‘Falling Skies’, ‘American Crime’) taking the role of Tyler Locke, and Jackson Robert Scott (‘It’) who stars as Bode Locke. Asha Bromfield (‘Riverdale’) and Kolton Stewart (‘Some Assembly Required’) also star.
‘Locke & Key’ is written by Joe Hill who co-created the origin comic book with Gabriel Rodriguez. Carlton Cuse (‘The Strain’, ‘Bates Motel’, ‘Colony’, ‘Lost’) and Meredith Averill (‘Jane the Virgin’, ‘The Good Wife’) serve as showrunners, and exec produce alongside Hill. The original comic book, published by IDW Publishing, has garnered both awards and acclaim during its ten-year run. It has been translated into dozens of languages across the globe and has sold millions of copies worldwide.
This is the third time the comic book has been tried as a tv series. The first attempt landed at Fox in 2011, and was piloted with Miranda Otto playing Nina, but the network opted not to pick it up. It was then piloted again at Hulu in 2018 with Frances O’Connor as Nina, but they also decided not to move forward. It was, technically, that version which convinced Netflix to take the series, although they did completely recast and redevelop the scripts.
‘Locke & Key‘ Season 1 does not yet have a premiere date, but we’ll let you know when we hear more.