Mockingbird Lane, the upcoming reboot of the classic monster-themed comedy The Munsters from writer Bryan Fuller (Pushing Daisies) and director Bryan Singer (X-Men, The Usual Suspects), has its cast lined up nicely with a couple of recent additions this week:
- Jerry O'Connell (Piranha 3D) will play Herman Munster, the patriarch of the monstrous family. In the original 1960s series, the character, played by Fred Gwynne, was a kind and naive creature created by Dr. Victor Frankenstein, and thus he closely resembled the famed 1930s Universal incarnation of Frankenstein's monster portrayed by Boris Karloff. Don't expect the new Herman to look the same, however, as Deadline describes him as "handsome and gangly."
- Mariana Klaveno (True Blood) will play Lily Munster (née Dracula), the vampiric family matriarch who was played in the original series by Yvonne De Carlo and who resembled horror hostess Vampira. However, Deadline reports that Klaveno's grasp on the role is tenuous, reliant on ABC's allowing her to leave her new show Devious Maids.
The pair joins a cast that already includes Eddie Izzard as the dapper vampiric Grandpa, Mason Cook as Herman and Lily's 10-year-old werewolf son Eddie and Charity Wakefield as the "plain" (i.e., not a monster) cousin Marilyn.