20th Century Fox has a long history with the X-Men, so it is no surprise that the network is bring the franchise back to TV. The Untitled X-Men Series is about parents with mutant children who band together with a group of mutants in hiding, in order to protect their kids from governmental discrimination. The show has already announced a number of actors joining the series.
Stephen Moyer (True Blood) is starring on the X-Men TV show as Reed Stewart, the powerless father of the main family. In addition, Blair Redford (Switched at Birth) is playing the leader of the hiding mutants, Jaime Chung (Sin City: A Dame to Kill For) is playing the mutant Blink, Natalie Alyn Lind (Gotham) is playing Lauren Stewart – Reed Stewart’s daughter – and Sean Teale (Incorporated) is playing original mutant character, Eclipse. Now a few more names have been added to the mix.
THR is reporting that the female lead of the series will be played by Amy Acker (Angel, Person of Interest). Acker will play Kate Stewart, the wife of Moyer’s character Reed, and the mother of Lauren and another teenage mutant child. According to the report, Kate and Reed’s marriage is on the rocks, but it looks like they may have to team up for the sake of protecting their children.
Also joining the cast is Emma Dumont (Bunheads) as mutant Polaris, aka Lorna Dane. In the comics, Polaris is the daughter of Magneto and shares his powers of controlling magnetism. She’s usually a good guy, though also has a history of being possessed by an evil entity that turned her into a villain known as Malice for a time. Finally, Percy Hynes White (Night at the Museum 3) is also joining the cast as Andy, an introverted kid. No word yet on if he is joining Lind as one of the Stewart children, or if Andy is connected to the characters in another way.
The most famous X-Men TV show to date is easily the cartoon series that aired in the 1990s for five seasons, recounting a number of stories from the comics; including, ‘The Dark Pheonix Saga’ and ‘Days of Future Past’. In 1994 the studio also acquired the film rights to the characters, though it did not release the film X-Men until 2000. FOX’s untitled X-Men TV series is joining FX’s Legion in the lineup of X-Men TV shows now on the air. Meanwhile, on the big screen, Hugh Jackman’s final Wolverine film, Logan, is hitting theaters this week, with both the sequel Deadpool 2 and spinoff New Mutants expected to follow suit in 2018. It’s a good time to be a fan of mutants.
The Untitled X-Men Series will air on FOX on an as-yet unknown date.