Dublin actor Emmett Scanlon has landed a lead role in new NBC show Constantine.
The Irish star who came to fame thanks to his role as Brendan Brady in Hollyoaks, has been cast as Detective Jim Corrigan in the highly-anticipated series.
Better known to comic book fans as the Gotham City cop who becomes The Spectre, Emmett will play the villain.
Speaking about the news Emmett said the role was a dream come true.
New role: Emmett will play Jim Corrigan aka The Spectre
“I’m so profoundly proud to be part of Warner Bros and NBC, to get to dance and be part of legendary DC series Constantine.
“As a child I grew up, looking up. As a man now grown up, standing shoulder to shoulder with these giants my viewpoint hasn’t changed.”
“The child still looks up.. Always will #Believe,” he wrote on Instagram.
Soap star: Emmett was a hit on Channel 4 show Hollyoaks
Speaking about the new role Executive Producer Daniel Cerone explained the character.
“For those who don’t know, Jim Corrigan is a police officer who kind of takes the law into his own hands… he ends up dying and is reincarnated as The Spectre.”
“So it’s a perfect opportunity for us, because we can name this character Jim Corrigan and within our story, for the general viewer, that works, because now Constantine has a friend on the force.”
This is just another leap for Emmett, who recently starred in Guardians of The Galaxy alongside Chris Pratt and Zoe Saldana.
Rising star: Emmett appeared in Guardians of The Galaxy
Constantine follows characters who appear in the comic series Hellblazer published by DC Comics.