Netflix's 'Locke and Key' looks set to fill the 'Stranger Things'-shaped hole in your life

Tom Butler
Senior Editor

Netflix has launched the official trailer for Locke & Key, its eagerly anticipated new fantasy series, adapted from the best-selling comic book series by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez.

With its supernatural themes, cool teen cast, and atmospheric setting it looks set to fill the void left by the end of Stranger Things S3. Produced by Lost’s Carlton Cuse, IT’s Andy and Barbara Muschietti, and author Joe Hill (son of Stephen King), the show has some serious genre pedigree behind it.

The comic was first released in 2008 and has since been collected into six graphic novel volumes and various spin-off books, winning a number of awards including an Eisner Award in 2011 for Best Writer, and a British Fantasy Award for Best Comic or Graphic Novel in 2012.

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The show has been in development for a while with Fox producing a pilot back in 2010. Although it screened to acclaim at San Diego Comic Con in 2011, it was never commissioned for a full series.

Emilia Jones, Jackson Robert Scott. (Netflix)

A film trilogy was then announced in 2014 at Universal Pictures, however that was canned in 2015.

Another pilot was commissioned by Hulu in 2017, but that also fell through before Netflix picked it up for a full series order in 2018.

The ten-episode series will drop in full on Netflix on 7 February.

Synopsis: After their father is murdered under mysterious circumstances, the three Locke siblings and their mother move into their ancestral home, Keyhouse, which they discover is full of magical keys that may be connected to their father's death. 

Emilia Jones, Connor Jessup, Jackson Robert Scott. (Netflix)

As the Locke children explore the different keys and their unique powers, a mysterious demon awakens — and will stop at nothing to steal them.

From Carlton Cuse (Lost, Bates Motel) and Meredith Averill (The Haunting of Hill House), the series is a coming-of-age mystery about love, loss, and the unshakable bonds that define family

Darby Stanchfield, Connor Jessup, Emilia Jones, Shawn Ashmore. (Netflix)

Locke & Key stars Darby Stanchfield (Scandal) as Nina Locke, Jackson Robert Scott (IT and IT 2) as Bode Locke, Connor Jessup (American Crime) as Tyler Locke, Emilia Jones (Horrible Histories) as Kinsey Locke, Bill Heck (The Ballad of Buster Scruggs) as Rendell Locke, Laysla De Oliveira as Dodge, Sherri Saum as Ellie Whedon, Thomas Mitchell Barnet as Sam Lesser, Griffin Gluck (American Vandal) as Gabe, Coby Bird as Rufus Whedon.

Darby Stanchfield. (Netflix)

Executive Producers for Locke & Key are: Carlton Cuse, Meredith Averill, Aron Eli Coleite, Joe Hill, Chris Ryall with Lydia Antoni and Ted Adams for IDW, Lindsey Springer for Genre Arts, Andy Muschietti, Barbara Muschietti, David Alpert and Rick Jacobs for Circle of Confusion, Tim Southam, John Weber and Frank Siracusa for Take 5.

Jackson Robert Scott. (Netflix)
Laysla De Oliveira. (Netflix)
Connor Jessup, Emilia Jones. (Netflix)
Connor Jessup, Emilia Jones. (Netflix)
Key art for Locke and Key (Netflix)

Locke & Key launches on Netflix on 7 February, 2020.