Clancy Brown Joins ‘Dexter’ Revival Series

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06 Jan 21

Clancy Brown Joins ‘Dexter’ Revival Series

Dexter has found it’s new “big bad” for their revival series, as the legendary Clancy Brown joins the cast in a leading role.

Back in October, Showtime announced Michael C. Hall would be returning as everyone’s favourite serial killer with a code, Dexter Morgan, in a new 10-episode limited series.

Now, they have announced Brown will join the show as the villain, Kurt Caldwell. Caldwell was born and raised in the town of Iron Lake. In fact, some consider him the unofficial mayor of their small town. He’s realized the American dream by going from driving big rigs, just like his father did, to now owning several trucks and the local truck stop. Powerful, generous, loved by everyone – he’s a true man of the people. If he’s got your back, consider yourself blessed. But should you cross Kurt, or hurt anyone that he cares for… God help you.

Clancy Brown has a long and varied portfolio of work, from films such as ‘Highlander’, ‘The Shawshank Redemption’, and ‘Starship Troopers’, to tv shows such as ‘Schooled’ & ‘The Goldbergs’, ‘Sleepy Hollow’, ‘Billions’, and most recently, ‘Emergence’. He also provides voices for a multitude of animated shows including playing Mr. Krabs in ‘SpongeBob Squarepants’, Ryder Azadi in ‘Star Wars Rebels’, and various voices across Marvel’s animated shows. You can next hear him as one of the many voices in the star-studded cast of Amazon series ‘Invincible’ from ‘The Walking Dead’s Robert Kirkman.

Brown is in pretty good company of actors in the ‘Dexter’ pantheon who have portrayed villains including John Lithgow, Jonny Lee Miller, Colin Hanks, Jaime Murray, Edward James Olmos, and Jimmy Smits.

The original eight-season run of ‘Dexter’ premiered in the Autumn/Fall 2006 on Showtime in the USA and starred Hall as Dexter Morgan, a complicated and conflicted blood-spatter expert for the Miami police department who moonlights as a serial killer. The show became one of the most acclaimed series on television, earning multiple Emmy and Golden Globe nominations for best television drama series as well as a prestigious Peabody Award in 2008, and was twice named one of AFI’s top 10 television series.

For those of you trying to remember where the show ended, Dexter had faked his death and was living in Oregon working for a lumber company with a new name and identity. His girlfriend Hannah (Yvonne Strahovski) and young son Harrison had been sent to live in Argentina for safety. Hannah sees a report of Dexter’s death, so assumes he is dead. His sister Debra (Jennifer Carpenter) had been shot and killed by serial killer Oliver Saxon (Darri Ingolfsson), so it seems unlikely she will be returning unless it’s in some sort of flashback.

We don’t know much about the plot of the revival series, other than it will pick up 7 years after the, I think it’s fair to say, less than well-received, final season. Even Hall himself wasn’t happy with the ending. “Let’s be real: people found the way that the show left things pretty unsatisfying, and there’s always been a hope that a story would emerge that would be worth telling,” he commented in an interview with The Daily Beast. “I include myself in the group of people that wondered, ‘What the hell happened to that guy?’ So I’m excited to step back into it. I’ve never had that experience of playing a character this many years on.”

‘Dexter‘ is produced by Showtime with showrunner Clyde Phillips returning behind the camera and exec producing alongside Michael C. Hall, John Goldwyn, Sara Colleton, Bill Carraro and Scott Reynolds.

The Dexter limited series is set to begin production in early 2021, with a tentative premiere date in the fall of 2021 on Showtime in the USA. Whilst not confirmed, the series should fall under Sky’s overall deal with Showtime, so may air around the same time in the UK on Sky Atlantic, but we’ll let you know when there is an official confirmation.