Ryan Kwanten has joined the regular cast of Them: Covenant, the first season of an Amazon Studios horror anthology set in the US in 1953.
Deborah Ayorinde and Ashley Thomas play the leads, African American couple Henry and Lucky Emory, who decide to move their family from North Carolina to an all-white Los Angeles neighborhood.
Their home on a seemingly idyllic street becomes ground zero where malevolent forces both real and supernatural threaten to taunt, ravage and destroy them.
Kwanten will play George Bell, a Korean War veteran who is the neighbourhood milkman, described as a “Southern California dreamboat.”
The cast includes Shahadi Wright Joseph as Ruby Lee Emory, an intelligent, studious 14-year-old who is the apple of her father’s eye, Melody Hurd as the fiercely independent 6-year-old Gracie Emory, and Alison Pill as Betty Wendell, whose suburban life is interrupted by the arrival of the Emory family.
Kwanten is well known to US audiences for his roles in HBO’s True Blood, Sony Crackle’s The Oath and Facebook Watch’s Sacred Lies.
His latest credits include Seth Larney’s sci-fi mystery thriller 2067 and Ivan Sen’s futuristic romantic drama Loveland, in which he plays a hardened assassin who falls in love with a nightclub singer (Jillian Nguyen).
Written and executive produced by Little Marvin, the production from Vertigo Entertainment and Sony Pictures TV has a two-season straight-to-series order.
Ayorinde’s credits include HBO’s True Detective and NBC’s The Village while Thomas starred in the Netflix series Top Boy and Fox’s 24: Legacy.