Marvel Entertainment has some interesting plans for Wolverine. The iconic X-Man is heading straight to your ears in a new podcast. Ben Percy is set to write this 10-episode podcast series that will find Logan the subject of a grizzly investigation. But just who will voice the titular adamantium-clawed hero? None other than The Hobbit and Hannibal‘s Richard Armitage.
Wolverine: The Long Night will follow a pair of federal agents, Sally Pierce (voiced by Celia Keenan-Bolger) and Tad Marshall (Ato Essandoh), as they investigate a series of murders in the fictional town of Burns, Alaska. The violence of the deaths leads them to finger Logan as their primary suspect.
Comic book author Ben Percy is most known for his writing on Green Arrow and Teen Titans and novels such as Refresh, Refresh. “We have a fun opportunity here, and that’s to create our own continuity. A continuity that will grow more and more expansive as the Marvel Podcast Universe expands,” Percy teased. “There are glimmers that people will recognize, references to Weapon X and wartime Logan, Japan and past relationships that he’s had. But he himself is not able to really work through his moth-eaten memory until the conclusion of this first season.”
In addition to the primary voice cast of Celia Keenan-Bolger, Ato Essandoh and Armitage as Logan, Wolverine: The Long Night also spouts a stellar cast that includes Scott Adsit, Bob Balaban, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Zoe Chao, Chaske Spencer, Jordan Bridges, David Call, Michael J. Burg, and Lannon Killea, while Chris Gethard, host of the “Beautiful Stories From Anonymous People” podcast, will make a cameo appearance. Wolverine: The Long Night will be directed by Brendan Baker, with sound design from Chloe Prasinos and Daniel Fink of Marvel and Jenny Radelet of Stitcher producing.
“Wolverine: The Long Night brings our fans a whole new way to experience our iconic characters and the Marvel Universe,” said Dan Silver, VP, head of platforms and content for Marvel New Media. “This tremendous cast will bring a thrilling level of intrigue and drama to our listeners. The character of Logan and this landscape make it the ideal premiere vehicle for us, and we’re excited to continue to explore the dynamic possibilities of the podcast medium.”
Wolverine: The Long Night will launch as an exclusive podcast on Stitcher Premium in the spring, with a wide release across all platforms to come in the fall.
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