Known for typically casting big names to fill starring roles of high-profile series, Syfy decided a different path was in order for Krypton, hiring an actor most of us have probably never heard of.
Cameron Cuffe has won the role of Seg-El, a technical genius who is actually the grandfather of Superman. But don’t worry, he’s not a grandfather just yet. Instead, Cuffe is quite the looker as a young Kal-El ancestor as Syfy opens the doors on Krypton before the fall.
The series is a collaboration between Warner Horizon Television and DC Comics, according to The Wrap, and has been in development at Syfy over the last two years.
Krypton will follow Superman’s grandfather, whose House of El was ostracized and shamed, as he fights to redeem his family’s honor and save his beloved world from chaos.
When we say Cuffe is an unknown, we’re not kidding. His first non-short role was in Florence Foster Jenkins starring Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant, which earned just $44.2 million during its recent August release. He’s also set to appear in the ITV series The Halcyon, which won’t come out until next year.
Casting unknowns in Superman-related projects is not new, however. Henry Cavill, Brandon Routh, Smallville‘s Tom Welling and even Christopher Reeve were hardly household names when they were hand-picked to play the Man of Steel.
Krypton was written by Ian Goldberg, a former Once Upon a Time producer based on a story he developed with comic genius David S. Goyer. The series itself will be run by Damian Kindler, a producer and writer for other popular Syfy shows like Stargate SG-1, Sanctuary and Fox’s Sleepy Hollow.
Work on the pilot is expected to begin early next year.
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