We still haven’t figured out exactly what Hulu’s upcoming drama Citizen is about, but at least now we can fill you in on one of the actors who will star in it. Forrest Goodluck is joining the cast of the upcoming pilot, the brainchild of Alfonso Gomez-Rejon.
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The Hollywood Reporter broke the exclusive news of Goodluck’s casting earlier this week, reporting that he would play Guero, a “wiry graduate of the streets who serves as the charismatic and bipolar leader of a group called ‘Baby Narcos.'” That sounds like it could be a villainous role, and THR also says Goodluck would be a series regular if Citizen makes it to series. So maybe he’s the show’s Big Bad?
The reason why we can’t figure it out is that it’s difficult to say exactly what kind of show Citizen is supposed to be. A superhero show, maybe, albeit one where the main character acquires powers via mystical rather than scientific means? That’s our best guess at the moment, with trades merely describing it as “a fresh take on the hero origin story blending elements of magical realism and gritty vigilantism against the backdrop of the vibrant world of east Los Angeles.” Like Daredevil meets Arrow in L.A., perhaps.
If Goodluck’s face looks familiar, it might be due to his recent work as the son of Leonardo DiCaprio’s character in The Revenant, which is up for 12 Oscars this weekend. It was the Native American actor’s first film role, and Citizen will mark his TV debut as well.
The lead role in Citizen remains to be cast, and no start date on its production has been announced. It is just one of a number of new shows Hulu has ordered to pilot as it looks to vastly beef up its lineup of original TV programming, perhaps in preparation for the loss of current season streaming of network shows, a rumor that continues to swirl around the future of the streaming service.