New fan art imagines Venom and Rogue One star Riz Ahmed as the demon-hunting supernatural detective John Constantine for the character’s JJ Abrams-produced reboot.
After news recently arrived that fan-favorite director JJ Abrams is developing a new Constantine series for HBO Max, many fans instantly cried out for Keanu Reeves to return for the role. But because the project is looking for a diverse lead, there ve been some fascinating suggestions as to who could play the Liverpudlian sorcerer. One such suggestion is Venom and Rogue One star Riz Ahmed.
Riz Ahmed wowed audiences and critics with his incredible work in his recent projects like Mogul Mowgli and The Sound of Metal, while also receiving plenty of praise for his desperate performance in 2014’s Nightcrawler opposite Jake Gyllenhaal. Ahmed definitely has the talents to bring John Constantine to life, with the possibility of really leaning into the sorcerer’s tortured persona. This concept design from digital artist ‘spdrmnkyiii’ sees Riz Ahmed with the character’s signature look, and the design makes it very easy to picture him in a dark, grim series from JJ Abrams. Check out the artwork below.
What dou think of the design? Is Riz Ahmed a good choice for a new John Constantine? What do you want to see from the JJ Abrams HBO Max reboot of the character? Sound-off in the comments!
Here is the synopsis for 2005’s Constantine:
Based on the DC Comics/Vertigo Hellblazer graphic novels and written by Kevin Brodbin and Frank Cappello, Constantine tells the story of John Constantine (Keanu Reeves), a man who has literally been to hell and back. When he teams up with skeptical policewoman Angela Dodson (Rachel Weisz) to solve the mysterious suicide of her twin sister, their investigation takes them through the world of demons and angels that exists just beneath the landscape of contemporary Los Angeles. Caught in a catastrophic series of otherworldly events, the two become inextricably involved and seek to find their own peace at whatever cost.
Directed by Francis Lawrence, Constantine stars Keanu Reeves, Rachel Weisz, Shia LaBeouf, Tilda Swinton, Pruitt Taylor Vince, Djimon Hounsou, Gavin Rossdale, and Peter Stormare.
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