Actor Ryan Sands is set to star as exactly one of those parents in the highly anticipated MARVEL series “RUNAWAYS,” premiering on HULU on Tuesday, November 21st. MARVEL’S “RUNAWAYS” is the story of six diverse teenagers led by “Alex Wilder” (Rhenzy Reliz) who can barely stand each other but who must unite against a common foe – their parents. Sands will play “Alex Wilder’s” father “Geoffrey Wilder,”a man defined by the grueling path he’s taken to achieve his self-made success. A hulking presence, “Geoffrey” can effortlessly shift from approachable father to intimidating strategist with his son “Alex,” and he along with the other parents make up the supervillain team called The Pride. Executive producer Josh Schwartz, who created the show alongside Stephanie Savage, describes the series as MARVEL meets “The O.C.” The show, heavily inspired by the comics, will have a fresh spin and be driven by mystery, secrets, and lies keeping audiences on the seat of their chairs. Critics are already applauding the series and praising the decision by the show creators to focus on the roles of the parents in the series: “The amount of development given to the parents allows them to come across in more than one note, which will only serve to heighten the drama when the inevitable showdown between the Pride and the Runaways occurs” – ComicBook.com. The 10-episode weekly series starts rolling out weekly on HULU Tuesday, November 21st. Check out the “RUNAWAYS” Trailer here.
Born and raised in Washington DC to an army family, landing his role in RUNAWAYS was a dream come true for Sands, who has been an avid fan of MARVEL comics since he was a boy. As a child he was obsessed with the comics, even creating his own comic books with friends and envisioning characters that looked like him. He began acting in plays in elementary school until he found a passion for basketball in 8th grade.
As a college student he saw the film Love Jones and the acting bug drew him back in. He began collaborating with film students at Howard – creating and acting in student and independent films, taking background work. His first big break came with a recurring role on HBO’s Emmy Award-winning series “THE WIRE” as narcotics officer “Lloyd ‘Truck’ Garrick” in “Sergeant Ellis Carver’s” (Seth Gilliam) squad in the Western District of the Baltimore Police Department. Sands also had roles in Lee Daniel’s film Shadowboxer opposite Cuba Gooding Jr. and Helen Mirren, Enemy of the State with Will Smith, and Step Up opposite Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan. From there Sands went on to land guest roles in hit shows such as “ER,” “GRIMM,” “CASTLE,” “SCORPION,” “PRISON BREAK,” and “FREE REIN.”
Sands also enjoys writing and producing, creating content that tells his own story and the world that he sees in a positive and uplifting way. He is an accomplished sketch artist and having worked as a graphic designer he is a skilled at transforming his drawings into unique one of a kind pieces. Sands is active in the community as well, volunteering his time as a Big Brother for the Big Brother/Big Sister organization here in Los Angeles.