Stephen Moyer – who you’ll remember as Bill Compton in True Blood – has just been cast as the lead in a new X-Men TV series pilot, which is going to be directed by the movie universe’s Bryan Singer.
The show, which will be written by Matt Nix, sees Stephen playing Reed, a human father of mutant children wanted by the government. So he and his wife have to go on the run to protect their super-sprogs from The Man.
They soon team up with an underground network of mutants, which is thought to be where numerous familiar names from the X-Men comics could make appearances.
Reed is an attorney working for the DA’s office and his plight means he has to balance his ambition for his work with trying to protect his family.
Stephen is married to Anna Paquin, who played his beloved Sookie in True Blood, but you might remember the actress was also Rogue in the very first X-Men film trilogy and very, very briefly in Days of Future Past. So perhaps his missus helped rope him into the project?
Other castings include Blair Redford as Sam and Jamie Chung, who’ll play X-Men fan-favourite Blink. That character already made an appearance in X-Men: Days of Future Past, but because of that movie’s time-bendy-elements and the fact it’s a different actress portraying her, it’ll probably be a new character altogether.
Lauren Shuler Donner, Simon Kinberg, Jeph Loeb, Jim Chory, Nix and Singer will all executive produce the currently unnamed show.
In other mutant media, yesterday it was reported that we could be seeing two whole X-Men movies in 2018, in the shape of the Deadpool sequel and New Mutants, a spin-off movie featuring a young squad of Xavier’s finest.
Oh and we can’t really talk about other X-Men things without mentioning Logan, Hugh Jackman’s final outing as the beloved savage Wolverine alongside Sir Patrick Stewart, which is out in cinemas on March 1.