Variety reports that Lukas Gage, who starred in Euphoria, has joined the cast of Dead Boy Detectives on HBO. Based on the DC Comics series of the same name, written by Neil Gaiman and Matt Wagner and adapted by the streaming service, the eight-episode run was ordered in April. The main protagonists were initially introduced by Gaiman and Wagner in The Sandman #25 when the spirits of two young boys decide to remain on Earth and work as detectives to solve cases involving the paranormal. A “classic detective series — just darker and on acid,” as the streamer puts it.
It is stated that the British adolescent ghost story Dead Boy Detectives, which follows the afterlives of Edwin Payne and Charles Rowland and their human companion Crystal Palace, would offer a new twist on the genre by looking at loss, sorrow, and death from the characters’ points of view. Rowland and Paine were formerly portrayed by Sebastian Croft and Ty Tennant in the third season of DC’s Doom Patrol. Cage plays Cat King, a lovable prankster and wandering cat ghost who has a thing for Edwin. Edwin and Charles will be played by George Rexstrew and Jayden Revri (Fate: The Winx Saga), while their companion Crystal will be played by Kassius Nelson (Last Night in Soho).
Also starring in the series are Briana Cuoco as Jenny the Butcher, Yuyu Kitamura as Niko, Jenn Lyon as Esther, and Ruth Connell, who previously played Night Nurse on Doom Patrol, in her return to the role. With his role as Dillion in the Emmy-winning HBO series The White Lotus, Gage rose to prominence. After then, he became Tyler on the acclaimed show Euphoria. He has also been seen in the Peacock limited series Angelyne, and he will be in the upcoming season of the critically acclaimed Netflix show You.
His filmography includes the TIFF premiere of How to Blow Up a Pipeline (directed by Daniel Goldhaber) and the presently filming Road House adaptation (starring Jake Gyllenhaal). Together with Steve Yoke, who wrote the pilot and also acts as an executive producer, Beth Schwartz (Arrow, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow) is in charge of the show’s creative direction. The show will be executive produced by Jeremy Carver and David Madden, who both have overall deals with Warner Bros. Television, as well as Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter, and Leigh London Redman of Berlanti Productions.
The streaming service has not announced a date for the rollout.