Fox doesn’t really want everyone calling its proposed X-Men pilot an “X-Men pilot.” But whatever it might be, it has found its first actor.
Blair Redford, who most recently appeared in the USA Network series Satisfaction, has been cast as a “strong-headed Native American leader” of an underground group of mutants, according to TV Line.
The proposed series is from Matt Nix, who actually worked with USA on one of its more popular series in recent years, Burn Notice. However, this will be the first collaboration between Redford and Nix. The pilot will be directed by Bryan Singer, the man who pretty much brought X-Men into the mainstream with his series of films beginning with X-Men in 2000.
Redford, who reportedly has some Native American ancestry, also played Ty Mendosa in the Freeform series Switched at Birth, and Ethan Whitehorse in Freeform’s The Lying Game back when it was still called ABC Family.
His first big break was a recurring role on The Young and the Restless in 2005 and 2006, before playing Miguel Lopez-Fitzgerald in another soap opera, Passions, during its time on what would become Audience.
Another Marvel project, this time for Hulu, also has made some significant casting additions. Runaways has found The Pride, a group of supervillains who, according to Dark Horizons, control crime on the west coast.
Headlining the group is Buffy the Vampire Slayer alum James Marsters as Victor Stein, along with Brigid Brannagh, Ever Carradine, Brittany Ishibashi, Kip Pardue, Angel Parker, Ryan Sands, Kevin Weisman, Annie Wersching and James Yaegashi,
Marsters played the vampire Spike in Buffy, and would later take on recurring roles in such geek shows as the Battlestar Galactica spin-off series Caprica, The WB’s Smallville, and Syfy’s Warehouse 13 and the CBS series Hawaii Five-0.
Most recently Marsters has starred in the online series Vidiots.
Brannagh plays Stacey Yorkes, and is best known for Lifetime’s Army Wives. Carradine is Janet Stein, and has appeared in 2001’s Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back.
Ishibashi plays Tina Minoru, and is known for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows, while Pardue will take on Frank Dean after work in the Showtime series Ray Donovan and 2000’s Remember the Titans.
Parker is Catherine Wilder, and played Shawn Chapman in the FX mini-series American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson. Sands plays her husband, Geoffrey Wilder, best known for his work on The Wire and the CBS series Scorpion.
Weisman is Dale Yorkes, and has appeared on Alias as well as Scorpion. Wersching is Leslie Dean, and most recently popped up in NBC’s Timeless.
Finally, Yaegashi plays Robert Minoru, and is probably best known for his character acting work in other Marvel series like Daredevil on Netflix, and for voicing Dr. Yi Suchong in the Grand Theft Auto game series.
Runaways focuses on the children of these supervillains who decide to fight back. The show, which has yet to get a premiere date, will star Rhenzy Feliz, Lyrica Okano, Virginia Gardner, Ariela Barer, Gregg Sulkin and Allegra Acosta.
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