Sweet Tooth release date: Latest news on Netflix’s quirky drama from Robert Downey Jr

The show is based on an acclaimed series from DC Comics.

Sweet Tooth on Netflix

Netflix has revealed the first trailer for its quirky new drama Sweet Tooth, which follows a young boy who is half-human and half-deer as he navigates a dangerous post-apocalyptic world.

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The series is based on a comic book by writer and artist Jeff Lemire, which enjoyed a critically acclaimed 40-issue run before being picked for a television adaptation.

Executive produced by Hollywood royalty Robert Downey Jr, the series stars Will Forte (The Last Man on Earth) and Nonso Anozie (Game of Thrones) as well as child actor Christian Convery in the title role.

Here’s everything you need to know about Sweet Tooth on Netflix, including release date, cast, plot, trailer and more.

Sweet Tooth Netflix release date

CONFIRMED: Sweet Tooth will be available to stream exclusively on Netflix from Friday 4th June.

The series was commissioned for a first season back in May 2020, but production couldn’t get underway until later in the year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Sweet Tooth was filmed in New Zealand, one of the safest countries in the world throughout this pandemic, with the shoot continuing across the final few months of the year.

Sweet Tooth plot explained

Sweet Tooth – Netflix
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Sweet Tooth takes place in a post-apocalyptic future where humanity has been almost wiped out by a deadly virus, which first broke out around the same time as human-animal ‘hybrids’ began appearing around the world.

Gus is one such person, a naive and timid young boy who is half human and half deer, living in secret in the deep woods of Nebraska with his sickly and unstable father.

When his dad finally succumbs to illness, Gus is all alone in a frightening world and almost gets abducted by a dangerous group of men, until a mysterious loner named Jepperd rescues him.

The two of them go on a journey together that reveals the last remnants of society as we know it, encountering desperate survivors and dangerous foes.

Sweet Tooth Netflix cast

Child actor Christian Convery (Legion) has been cast in the series as Gus, who is given the nickname Sweet Tooth because he loves eating chocolate.

Will Forte, best known for his comedic roles in The Last Man on Earth and 30 Rock, will play Gus’ father, who is highly protective of him and warns never to leave their home in the woods.

Nonso Anozie (Game of Thrones) has been cast as Jepperd, a tough loner who finds Gus just in time to save him from a group of dangerous men, but his own intentions remain mysterious.

Adeel Akhtar (The Big Sick) plays Dr Singh, an expert in medicine who investigates the link between the deadly virus that ravaged the human race and the peculiar animal hybrids that emerged at around the same time.

Neil Sandilands (The Flash) will play General Abbot, a cold military mind who becomes a formidable rival to Gus and Jepperd, while James Brolin (Life in Pieces) will serve as the show’s narrator.

Rounding out the supporting cast are Dania Ramirez (Once Upon A Time), Stefania LaVie Owen (Messiah) and Aliza Vellani (Riverdale).

Sweet Tooth trailer

Netflix revealed the first footage from Sweet Tooth in April 2021, with a full-length teaser trailer that introduces its dark possible future via quirky narration from James Brolin.

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Sweet Tooth lands on Netflix on Friday 4th June. While you’re waiting, check out more of our Sci-Fi and Fantasy coverage or visit our TV Guide to see what’s on tonight.