Filming for the revival will begin in Massachusetts next month with Dexter's original executive producer Clyde Phillips back as showrunner. Michael C. Hall is also returning to the starring role of the merciful murderer. The show's departure from the vigilante's beginnings in Miami and move away from Dexter's lumberjack life in Oregon suggests it's unlikely we'll see much of the original cast return.
New details have emerged shedding light on the much-anticipated reboot of Showtime's heralded and gore-driven series, "Dexter," that is set to film in the Bay State early this year.
Showtime revealed several pieces of information about the plot in a statement Monday and announced additions to the cast of the 10-episode limited series. The television network also noted production will begin next month.
Starring alongside "Six Feet Under" star Michael C. Hall - who is set to revive his role as the violent and brooding main character, Dexter Morgan - will be Julia Jones from "The Mandalorian," Alano Miller from "Sylvie's Love," Johnny Sequoyah from "Believe" and Jack Alcott from "THE GOOD LORD BIRD."
Clancy Brown, who starred in "The Shawshank Redemption," was previously reported to be joining the cast of the revival and is expected to act as a series regular, playing the villain opposite to Dexter.
Boston.com broke the news last week that Showtime would be filming the reboot of the award-winning, eight-season series in several Massachusetts communities west of Interstate 495, including Gardner, Lancaster, Sterling and Worcester - a city that has become a hotbed for film and television productions.
The Dexter revival will be a continuation of the original 2006-2013 crime drama mystery, which centered on Dexter, a forensics expert in Miami who solved crimes in his public life and murdered serial killers in his private life.
The reboot is expected to film from late January to July, a source familiar with the production told Boston.com.
Along with bringing back Hall, who earned a Golden Globe award for his performance in the original series, the revival will also see the return of showrunner Clyde Phillips.
Many fans were left disappointed by the series' conclusion in 2013. The show ended with Dexter faking his own death and going on to secretly lead another life as a lumberjack in the Pacific Northwest.
In the series Michael C. Hall played Dexter Morgan, a seemingly quiet Miami forensic technician who is actually a ruthless serial killer. Morgan, the adopted son of a police sergeant, kills following a strict moral code, i.e. eliminating murderers, rapists, pedophiles and other dangerous criminals. The cast of the series also included Jennifer Carpenter in the role of Debra, the sister of the protagonist. Hall and Carpenter married in 2010 and then divorced a year later. For Michael C. hall, the year of his wedding with Dexter's co-star was also marked by health problems: he was diagnosed with a tumor from which he was able to recover.