Superman’s grandfather has been cast.
Syfy has a Superman prequel television project coming to life, and the lead actor has been chosen.
Set to play Seg-El, grandfather of Kal-El, in the Syfy pilot Krypton is newcomer Cameron Cuffe (pictured above). This marks the first big gig for the London-born actor, whose biggest role prior to this was a part in this year’s Meryl Streep-starring biopic Florence Foster Jenkins.
As per Deadline‘s report, Krypton “is set two generations before the destruction of the legendary Man of Steel’s home planet. It follows Superman’s grandfather Seg-El (Cuffe) — whose House of El was ostracized and shamed — as he fights to redeem his family’s honor and save his beloved world from chaos.”
We meet Seg-El, who is described as being “blessed with an intuitive brilliance for all things technical,” living in Krypton’s lowest echelon, the result of his family being stripped of their rank.
Cuffe will be joining actress Georgina Campbell, who’s attached to play Lyta Zod, a reluctant warrior whose lineage to future villain General Zod may be hinted at.
TV Line has provided quick rundowns of other characters, which include Val-El, grandfather to Seg-El; Alura Zod, mother to Lyta; Dev-Em, a “bad boy” who, in the comics, escapes the titular planet, clashes with Superman on Earth and ends up helping the Legion of Super-Heroes in the 30th Century; and Ter-El, father to Seg.
Attached to direct the pilot is co-executive producer Colm McCarthy, whose directing credits include Doctor Who, Sherlock, Peaky Blinders, and his feature directorial debut, this year’s horror-drama The Girl with All the Gifts. David S. Goyer (Man of Steel, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice) and Ian B. Goldberg (Once Upon a Time) have penned the script; the former is also on board as executive producer.
We’ll keep you informed.