If you’ve been missing True Blood these last couple of years, the following news could be something to get excited about: Eric Northman actor Stephen Moyer will be returning to genre TV to star in Fox’s new X-Men pilot.
Taking the pilot’s leading role, Moyer is set to play a character called Reed, who THR describes as “an ambitious attorney trying to balance the demands of his job at the DA’s office with responsibilities to his family.”
Other confirmed cast members include Blair Redford (Switched At Birth) and Jamie Chung (Once Upon A Time, Big Hero 6). Chung will be playing popular pre-existing X-Men character Blink (real name Clarice Fong), a mutant with the ability to teleport, while Redford is playing Sam, a new mutant with a so far undisclosed power.
The pilot, which is so far untitled, is written by Matt Nix and will be directed by Bryan Singer. Nix is best known for creating USA Network’s spy drama Burn Notice, and Singer obviously has ties in the X-Men universe already after helming X-Men, X-Men 2, X-Men: Days Of Future Past and last year’s X-Men: Apocalypse.
Speaking about the potential series in January, Nix said: “There are a certain amount of [familiar] characters that I can use and am using and then other characters I’m inventing – but everything is invented with a nod towards the existing mythology.”
The pilot, which is being made by 20th Century Fox TV and Marvel Television, will revolve around two ordinary parents who discover that their children have mutant powers, and are subsequently forced to go on the run from the government and join an underground network of mutants in order to keep their family safe.
The untitled X-Men pilot doesn’t yet have an air date. Get all the latest superhero news with every new issue of SciFiNow.