UPDATE: NBC's CONSTANTINE Casts Angelica Celaya As Zed

<font color="red">UPDATE: </font>NBC's CONSTANTINE Casts Angelica Celaya As Zed

Latin actress Angelica Celaya has been cast as Zed on NBC's Constantine. Lots of other news regarding the DC Comics supernatural adaptation has also emerged from the show's Summer TCA panel. Producers say they want to include The Spectre.

News only broke fairly recently that the female lead on NBC's Constantine was being replaced for another DC Comics heroine. Actress Lucy Griffiths, who plays the female lead Liv (whom fans assumed was an amalgamation of a few Hellblazer characters), will be replaced by Zed, another staple of Vertigo's Hellblazer comic series. Producers of the show simply stated that the rationale for the switch was simply that they wanted to take the show in a different direction. There's scuttlebutt that says this was in reaction to the pilot leaking but consider that unconfirmed fan speculation at this point. Replacing Griffiths is actress Angelica Celaya, who will play Zed.

Also, here's a recap of the highlights of the panel, courtesy of Constantine's official twitter account.

-Expect lots of DC Comics easter eggs in the pilot.
-David Goyer stated that don't expect friends of Constantine to stay safe. [Guess he's referring to Liv.]
-The show deals with Constantine doing good for a reward and doing good for the sake of good. As comic book readers will know, John Constantine soul belongs to Hell and thus he's trying to do enough good deeds during his time on Earth to make sure he doesn't spend his afterlife as demon fodder.
-The first season is about rising darkness.
-Harold Perrineau says his character, Manny , is an angel of questionable intent.
-Constantine is a smoker, but we just won't actually see him smoke.
-One scene from the pilot is being reshot to make Liv less of a heroic figure and more of a damsel in distress. It's in order to facilitate her exit from the show and set the stage for Zed.

UPDATE: Following the conclusion of the show's TCA panel, the show's producers spoke with IGN individually and revealed that they're currently speaking to DC Entertainment about including The Spectre aka Jim Corrigan in the show.   Said executive producer Daniel Cerone---

"It might happen, it might not. It’s just the point you’re catching us at. Right now, episode five is off on outline. Within the context of episode five, we had a need for a police officer who sees that supernatural evils exist. Right there, okay, that’s an opportunity to introduce a DC character. So we talked to our DC representatives and we’re like what if we make this character Jim Corrigan, who goes on the become The Spectre. For those who don’t know, Jim Corrigan is a police officer who kind of takes the law into his own hands… he ends up dying and is reincarnated as The Spectre. So it’s a perfect opportunity for us, because we can name this character Jim Corrigan and within our story, for the general viewer, that works, because now Constantine has a friend on the force. For the comic book fan, 'My god, that’s Jim Corrigan!' And we can get back to that character and can slowly develop that character and who knows, maybe there’s an opportunity in the future to even see the origin story unfold within the framework of our TV series. It creates opportunities and creatively you just have to go in and lay that groundwork in and try and let it unfold naturally. So we’re in the midst of approvals on that, but that’s one idea we’re exploring right now."

Including The Spectre and doing the character justice would shoot Constantine to the top of my rankings of new superhero dramas debuting this Fall. Does the possibility of a Spectre recurring arc entice you?
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SuperCat - 7/13/2014, 3:10 PM
Abary - 7/13/2014, 3:10 PM
I'm looking forward to see how they tackle the show, but I wouldn't necessarily say that I am extremely excited.
SuperCat - 7/13/2014, 3:14 PM
NovaCorpsFan - 7/13/2014, 3:15 PM
Definitely watching this show now, haha!
Jollem - 7/13/2014, 3:16 PM
i'm looking forward to the show and am extremely excited
Pasto - 7/13/2014, 3:19 PM
DannyRand1225 - 7/13/2014, 3:19 PM
i am really excited for this show,i liked the pilot,it was good, didnt blow me away or anything from a story point of view but Matt Ryan is fantastic as John Constantine, Liv for me was one of the weaker elements of the pilot.. the actress was fine but the character was just too..reactive..she was kinda bland imo but anyway,i hope Zed is better
staypuffed - 7/13/2014, 3:20 PM
Jollem - 7/13/2014, 3:23 PM
Omarvls - 7/13/2014, 3:24 PM
This show along Gotham and Daredevil are a must
DannyRand1225 - 7/13/2014, 3:27 PM
Gotham i am very "meh" on right now, i did really love the flash piot, besides the weak villain and some "CW" dialogue,it was quite good, my favorite between it and Constantine
AsgardianHobo - 7/13/2014, 3:28 PM
This show looks like it has a lot of promise. I hope that the audience gives it a shot!
AsgardianHobo - 7/13/2014, 3:29 PM
Doesn't del Toro's "The Strain" premiere tonight?
MarkV - 7/13/2014, 3:33 PM
DannyRand1225 - 7/13/2014, 3:34 PM
if the do the justice league dark movie,i hope they atleast consider using Matt Ryan as John Constantine for the movie, he is just too perfect imo
MarkV - 7/13/2014, 3:34 PM
Yes, I went there, I just did that.

And yes, this is really happening.
DannyRand1225 - 7/13/2014, 3:35 PM
well atleast he is a smoker and we just dont see it,its better then him not being one at all, there was a scene in the pilot of him at a bar and it was him putting a cigarette into an ashtray
DannyRand1225 - 7/13/2014, 3:35 PM
so i guess Liv gets killed off
ComicsBornAndBred - 7/13/2014, 3:36 PM
She is sooooo fine! Gorgeous. He smokes but we don't see him skome...hmmm
Vegeta - 7/13/2014, 3:38 PM
If they don't use Matt Ryan's Constantine in Justice League Dark, I will NOT be happy.
YeezusWept - 7/13/2014, 3:41 PM
Darktower - 7/13/2014, 3:42 PM
Damn... she has got my attention !

YeezusWept - 7/13/2014, 3:45 PM
InfiniteMonkey - 7/13/2014, 3:50 PM
The Strain is on TONIGHT!!!

Hot bod girl. I hope she can act or it will be disappointing.

LOL! StarYeezus
mbembet - 7/13/2014, 3:50 PM
unlike gotham this looks very promising!
JillyMcBeam - 7/13/2014, 3:56 PM
Tacos? Where? I want to see a taco!
Prime - 7/13/2014, 4:02 PM
What a babe.
DannyRand1225 - 7/13/2014, 4:05 PM
wasnt the main villain of this season suppose to be Papa Midnite?,i heard he was from somewhere?
MercwithMouth - 7/13/2014, 4:12 PM
Sexy girl. Can't wait for this show. Looks awesome.
Jollem - 7/13/2014, 4:13 PM
the main villain this season are the jaded aos fans looking for retribution :)
micvalpro - 7/13/2014, 4:17 PM
I found it strange that they cast the fist girl, who has a strong resemblance to Rachel Weisz who was the female lead in the movie.
DannyRand1225 - 7/13/2014, 4:18 PM
Jollem-oh ,jollem, man u must really want attention if u bring up AOS, you are so insecure
MisterHolmes - 7/13/2014, 4:18 PM
i knew i was going to like this show
DannyRand1225 - 7/13/2014, 4:20 PM
anyway, this shows looks really good,i hope it is.
Doopie - 7/13/2014, 4:20 PM
I read that they didn't want a character that was new to the world like Liv was - that they wanted someone with more experience in the magic universe who wouldn't see things thru 'new eyes'. Doesn't Zed die off fairly quickly in the comics though?
Jollem - 7/13/2014, 4:23 PM
@EzioKenway1225 - calm yourself, young mr. sir. it's a bit of fun. you can go back to saying negatives about dc shows if you'd like
DannyRand1225 - 7/13/2014, 4:25 PM
the reason that they got rid of Liv and put Zed instead is explained by Daniel Cerone who is Co-Exec Producer

Constantine executive producer Daniel Cerone says that the show is replacing the wet-behind-the-ears Liv with the more experienced and feisty Zed to give its main demon hunter a more effective partner/foil. “When you put a wide-eyed innocent into that world, she’s just very reactive,” he tells EW. “ We felt ultimately she’s going to service the first season better as someone to pair Constantine up with. She can get in his face a little bit and have some of her own realizations and skills and really push him. But if whoever Constantine is working with is constantly on her heels, that just wouldn’t service the show really well.”

DannyRand1225 - 7/13/2014, 4:26 PM
Jollem-yeah sure it was and i havent said negatives about any dc show, i did say that i am very "meh" on Gotham right now but i will give it a chance and im really excited for Constantine and The Flash
Jollem - 7/13/2014, 4:31 PM
you can tell by the smiley face :) put yer pop gun away and quit puffin' up, cowboy
Doopie - 7/13/2014, 4:34 PM
exactly what Ezio said about the replacement.
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