'Sweet Tooth' on Netflix — release date, cast interviews, plot, trailer and all about this DC Comics adaptation

Sweet Tooth on Netflix — Christian Convery as Gus leading the way for Aimee (Dania Ramirez) and Tommy Jepperd (Nonso Anozie).
Sweet Tooth on Netflix — Christian Convery as Gus leading the way for Aimee (Dania Ramirez) and Tommy Jepperd (Nonso Anozie). (Image credit: Netflix)

Sweet Tooth — dubbed by some as "Mad Max meets Bambi" — is a DC Comics' adventure that’s been turned into an eight-part fantasy series for Netflix. It stars British actors Nonso Anozie (Game of Thrones) and X-Men’s Dania Ramirez, with legendary American actor James Brolin as narrator and young Christian Convery as its lead Gus.

The post-apocalyptic drama, executive produced by Avengers star Robert Downey Jr, follows Gus — part deer, part boy — who goes in search of answers about what caused the cataclysmic event that ravaged the world and the mystery behind his hybrid origins, plus there's plenty of family intrigue too.

Here’s what we can reveal so far about the intriguing eight-part fantasy series Sweet Tooth

Sweet Tooth release date...

At last we have release date for Sweet Tooth — the show will start on Netflix on June 4 2021. The production had wrapped filming in New Zealand in January — after a big break last year due to the pandemic — so we knew it wouldn't be long.

Sweet Tooth — the plot…

Sweet Tooth is set in a post-apocalyptic near future. Ten years ago 'The Great Crumble' wreaked a virus havoc on the world and led to the mysterious emergence of hybrids — babies born part human, part animal. Unsure if hybrids are the cause or result of the virus, many humans fear and hunt them. After a decade of living safely in his secluded forest home, taken their by his fearful father after The Great Crumble, a sheltered hybrid deer-boy named Gus (Christian Convery) unexpectedly befriends a wandering mysterious loner called Tommy Jeppard, and the pair go on a journey to discover what really happened to the human race and where the animal hybrids, like Gus, came from. Secrets about Tommy Jepperd's past emerge, and  they discover the true meaning of home.. they also meet up with Aimee (Dania Ramirez) who joins them for the journey.

Baby hybrid Gus at the start of Sweet Tooth.

Baby hybrid Gus at the start of Sweet Tooth.  (Image credit: Netflix)

Is there a Sweet Tooth trailer?

Netflix have just released a trailer for Sweet Tooth, and  it looks truly stunning. Here it is below with the narrator talking about the story of 'The virus, hybrids and a very special boy we've come to know as Sweet Tooth.'

Sweet Tooth cast – Christian Convery as Gus...

Gus in his wilderness home in Sweet Tooth.

Gus in his wilderness home in Sweet Tooth. (Image credit: Netflix)

Christian Convery plays Gus, aka Sweet Tooth, who’s given his nickname by Jeppard after eating Jeppard’s stash of sweets and chocolate. The 11-year-old child star has made his name in the likes of Legion, Lucifer and as Squeaky in Descendants 3.

'First I read the script and figured out Gus’ characteristics,' says Christian. 'Then I researched how a deer moves, and how their senses work. I found out that they have really good hearing — they can hear really quiet sounds that we can’t hear. They have great instincts. They are very fast runners. I applied all of that to Gus. I’ve also been doing parkour now for about two years now, so I use my senses and my parkour skills to run and jump like Gus would. It was really fun. I’m like Gus in pretty much every way except that I’m not a hybrid, but we’re both agile and happy and smiley.

'Working with Nonso Anozie as Jeppard has been great. He’s very talented and my favourite scene with him so far is this scene where we’re sitting around a campfire eating peaches, and I’m just bugging the heck out of him asking him constant questions. We had lots of good laughs doing that scene. We’re constantly goofing around and making jokes.'

Sweet Tooth cast – Nonso Anozie as Tommy Jeppard...

Nonso Anozie as Tommy Jeppard in Sweet Tooth.

(Image credit: Netflix)

British actor Nonso Anozie plays Gus’ mysterious companion Tommy Jeppard. He’s best known for his role as Xaro Xhoan Daxos in Game of Thrones, but he’s also been seen on the big screen in The Laundromat and as Domovoi Butler in Disney’s sci-fi adventure Artemis Fowl.

'Tommy Jepperd is an American ex-football player who lost everything in The Great Crumble,' explains Nonso. 'Jepperd is this hard, gruff, kind of modern Black cowboy who’s lived a tough life for the last 10 years. Now he wants to live his own life, and that means stealing and killing if he has to. But one day he runs into little hybrid boy Gus and for some reason Jepperd decides to help him. Gus has been secluded from the world his whole life, so he doesn’t carry all the negativity that a lot of others do. When Jepperd comes into contact with this pure innocence and positivity and naivety, it makes for a really interesting mix, because Gus starts to remind Jepperd of what it is to be human. And so begins their journey...

'Christian is a bundle of joy. He’s a really intelligent kid and he’s probably even more playful than Gus. We have a really great relationship on screen and off screen. We were always playing games throughout the day. It keeps us both active.'

'Sweet Tooth' star Nonso Anozie.

Sweet Tooth star Nonso Anozie starred as Xaro Xhoan Daxos in Game Of Thrones. (Image credit: HBO)

Sweet Tooth cast – Adeel Akhtar as Dr Singh...

BAFTA-winning actor Adeel Akhtar plays Dr Singh, who believes that the half-animal half-human children hybrids have something to do with the destruction of humanity. The British star won critical acclaim for his role in Murdered by My Father and C4’s conspiracy thriller Utopia. He’s also appeared in The Night Manager, Les Miserables and as Inspector Lestrade in the 2020 Netflix film Enola Holmes.

Adeel Akhtar as Dr Singh in Sweet Tooth.

Adeel Akhtar as Dr Singh in Sweet Tooth. (Image credit: Netflix)

Sweet Tooth cast – Will Forte as Gus’ father Richard...

Will Forte is playing Gus’ father RIchard, who hides his hybrid son in the mountainous wilderness to protect him against hunters. He's best known for his comedic roles in Saturday Night Live, The Last Man on Earth and 30 Rock. He’s also provided his vocal talents to the films Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, The Lego Movie and The Willoughbys

'Sweet Tooth' father and son — Will Forte as Richard and Christian Convery as Gus.

'Sweet Tooth' father and son — Will Forte as Richard and Christian Convery as Gus. (Image credit: Netflix)

DC Comics’ other famous TV adaptations...

Sweet Tooth follows a long line of live-action TV adaptations from the DC comic book world, kicking off with The Adventures of Superman, which ran from 1952 to 1958 and starred George Reeves as Clark Kent/Superman.

We’ve also enjoyed Adam West as Batman (1966-1968) alongisde Burt Ward as Robin in the ultra-camp star-studded TV series (see pictured below), Lynda Carter as Wonder Woman (1976-1979) and more recently Smallville (2001-2011) and Arrow, which ran for eight seasons until last year.

There’s still a big world of ongoing DC content out there, too, including Pennyworth, Preacher, Lucifer and Stargirl. And that’s not forgetting the animated series, too, with hundreds of hours worth of superhero storytelling for comic book fans from Justice League to Harley Quinn

Adam West and Burt Ward as Batman and Robin in the 1960s TV series.

Adam West and Burt Ward as Batman and Robin in the 1960s TV series. (Image credit: Alamy)

DC Comics on the big screen...

As one of the largest and oldest American comic book publishers, DC Comics has given us numerous well-known superhero characters on film, including Batman, Superman and Aquaman

Christopher Reeve is still the go-to Superman for original DC film fans, playing the superhero in the 1978 movie Superman and its three sequels, while Jack Nicolson won critical acclaim as The Joker in Tim Burton’s 1989 film Batman

More recently we’ve seen Joaquin Phoenix in Joker (2019), Jason Momoa as Aquaman (2018) and Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill and Amy Adams in Justice League (2017) as well as a host of Lego versions of the DC universe.

Nicholas Cannon
TV Content Director on TV Times, What's On TV and TV & Satellite Week

I'm a huge fan of television so I really have found the perfect job, as I've been writing about TV shows, films and interviewing major television, film and sports stars for over 25 years. I'm currently TV Content Director on What's On TV, TV Times, TV and Satellite Week magazines plus Whattowatch.com. I previously worked on Woman and Woman's Own in the 1990s. Outside of work I swim every morning, support Charlton Athletic football club and get nostalgic about TV shows Cagney & Lacey, I Claudius, Dallas and Tenko. I'm totally on top of everything good coming up too.