Constantine Casts Telemundo Star as New Female Lead, Hellblazer's Zed

Constantine Angelica Celaya

NBC’s Constantine has found its new leading lady.

Telemundo star Angelica Celaya, whose stateside credits include Dallas and Burn Notice, has been cast in the upcoming drama as Zed, it was announced Sunday at the Television Critics Assoc. summer press tour in Beverly Hills.

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A character from the original Hellblazer comic book series, Zed is a psychic who already has powers when she encounter Constantine (played by Matt Ryan) in the TV series.

Constantine Zed“She’s someone who can go toe-to-toe with John,” executive producer Daniel Cerone said. “She’s intuitive. She can detect bulls–t,” whereas Lucy Griffiths’ exiting alter ego Liv — one of the writers’ own inventions — was “very wide-eyed [and] reactive.”

“We felt a bit hamstrung” by Liv’s nature, Cerone admitted. Zed also brings with her an “interesting dark past,” EP David S. Goyer teased.

Although Liv still appears in the pilot, Goyer said that one scene from the episode will be reshot — and in sharing that, he perhaps let slip a bit of a spoiler when describing how Liv’s absence will be addressed going forward.

“[John's] friends drop like flies,” Goyer said. “He is this classic noir character who often ends up alone, and we thought it was kind of consistent with the character.”

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5 Comments
  1. CBWBDK1 says:

    She is not what i was expecting.

  2. M3rc Nate says:

    I just watched the pilot yesterday….and this is all gonna be quite confusing i think lol. I mean the whole episode they are setting her up, they are talking about her dad, her family, her bloodline, her powers, her dads house, the trinkets, even the easter-egg Doctor Fate mask at her dads house….then she just dies? All of that plot prep and how she is so important etc…and shes killed off?

    Dont get me wrong, i didnt really like the character…they are right she was too wide eyed and naive and scared…not that i disliked the character a lot but it was very typical, where as when i watched the Flash pilot no character stuck out as super typical, i had a blast watching that pilot, where as Constantine was more “meh, its alright”. So bringing in a more mature looking woman who already has powers, can be a equal to Constantine or at least go toe to toe with him …it will probably play for a more fun dynamic. Im curious to see what the second episode is like.

    • Temperance says:

      It’s a big upgrade.. unless the actress can’t act.

    • Jon says:

      The thing about Constantine, if you hang around with him you’re very likely to get yourself hurt and/or dead. But I totally agree with you that the pilot was a “meh, it’s alright” and this casting change can only bring good things. Zed’s introduction in the comics was a very important issue that also introduced Constantine’s sister and niece and she was a presence in the first two major story arcs.

  3. Parkour says:

    Impressive cast. Can’t wait to see the hairstyle on her. I predict she will do a great job…

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