Peacock’s Twisted Metal TV series is taking shape, with more stars signing up for the live-action adaptation of the classic PlayStation video game.
It was revealed in 2019 that Sony was developing a Twisted Metal series, but now the wheels are firmly in motion. Cobra Kai writer and producer Michael Jordan Smith is showrunning, writing, and executive producing the half-hour series, which will be based on an original story from the Twisted Metal universe written by Deadpool scribes Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick.
Series star Anthony Mackie is onboard as an exec producer alongside Will Arnett and Marc Forman of Electric Avenue, Jason Spire of Inspire Entertainment, Peter Principato of Artists First, Asad Qizilbash and Carter Swan from PlayStation Productions, together with Hermen Hulst, Head of PlayStation Studios, and Kitao Sakurai, who will direct multiple episodes.
The show will revolve around a motor-mouthed outsider offered a chance at a better life, but only if he can successfully deliver a mysterious package across a post-apocalyptic wasteland. He will be joined by a trigger-happy car thief who will help him navigate the dangers of the open road, including a deranged clown who drives an all too familiar ice cream truck.
Keep reading for a rundown of who’s appearing in the Twisted Metal series — and don’t forget to bookmark the page, as we’ll be updating this article with all-new casting announcements.
Twisted Metal: The Cast of the Live-Action Series
Anthony Mackie as John Doe
Marvel’s new Captain America, Anthony Mackie has been cast in the lead role of the Twisted Metal series, on which he also serves as an executive producer. It was announced that he had joined the series in September 2021, coming off the back of his titular role on The Falcon and the Winter Soldier for Disney+ earlier in the year.
According to a press release, Mackie will play the amnesiac John Doe, “a smart ass, motor-mouthed Milkman who talks as fast as he drives, facing savage vehicles of destruction as he delivers much-needed supplies from one post-apocalyptic settlement to another” until he’s offered “a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to make his wish of finding community come true.”
Stephanie Beatriz as Quiet
Brooklyn Nine-Nine alum Stephanie Beatriz has signed on to star opposite Mackie in the Twisted Metal series, playing Quiet, “a ferocious, badass car thief who acts purely on instinct.” Beatriz steps into the role after recently starring in Disney’s Oscar-winning animated film Encanto and Warner Bros.’ film adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s In the Heights.
In Twisted Metal, Beatriz’s Quiet originates from “a community that oppressed her into silence” but a press release notes that she will endeavour to find her place in the dark, chaotic world of the high-octane action-comedy. On that journey, she will become “clouded by her need for revenge” and form “an unlikely, antagonistic bond with John Doe.”
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Adele Ankers-Range is a freelance writer for IGN. Follow her on Twitter.