More news about Fox’s upcoming X-Men inspired pilot is being revealed every day. With production about to get underway, Entertainment Weekly has learned that the still untitled series has cast Blair Redford (“Switched at Birth,” “Satisfaction”) in a lead role.
While a character name has not been given, the announcement states that Redford has been cast as “the strong-headed Native American leader of the underground network.” Whether or not this is a character fans know from the comics or a totally original one remains unclear. There are a number of notable Native American mutants in the comics, however, including Thunderbird, Warpath and Forge.
This untitled X-Men series comes from “Burn Notice” creator Matt Nix and will focus on two ordinary parents who discover their children possess mutant powers. On the run from the government, they join with an underground network of mutants and must fight to survive. The pilot will be directed by X-Men feature film director Bryan Singer. While Nix has not named any known characters that will be in the show, he has made it clear that there will at least be a few.
“[The show is] sort of designed to side-step questions like, ‘Where is Wolverine?’” Nix said to EW. “There is a certain amount of those characters that I can use and I’m using some of those. Other characters I’m inventing but everything is invented with a nod to the existing mythology.”
Along with Nix, X-Men film franchise veterans Lauren Shuler Donner, Bryan Singer and Simon Kinberg are set to serve as executive producers, as is Head of Marvel Television Jeph Loeb. Unlike Fox’s X-Men films, which are produced completely outside of the auspices of Marvel Studios and its parent company Disney due to a longstanding rights deal, Marvel Television is a credited producer on live-action X-Men shows, including “Legion,” along with 20th Century Fox TV.
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