We haven’t heard much about this planned reboot of the classic monster comedy The Munsters, to be titled Mockingbird Lane (after the street on which the Munsters lived) being produced by Bryan Fuller and Bryan Singer (with the former also writing and the latter directing) since hearing about it in November, other than it was still on the slate in January. Apparently the pilot has been pushed back to June due to casting difficulties, but now they’ve found one of their stars: British actor/comedian Eddie Izzard, who most recently was seen in the U.S. on The United States of Tara.
Eddie will play Grandpa, the family vampire patriarch, originally played by Al Lewis. Izzard’s version is described as “a powerful, ancient vampire with an irrepressible twinkle in his eye. He can shapeshift into rats, wolves, and other creatures at will, but he’s also dapper and charming in a fedora; he is a Don Juan-type womanized with penchant for flashy, sexy outfits.” Eddie’s not been known to shy away from being flamboyant – he often cross-dresses during his performances – so it appears that he could be a good fit, and in such a way that they aren’t just trying to clone Al Lewis.
Still, this show might have an uphill battle.