According to Deadline, Coby Bell, a late-comer to the cast of Burn Notice, has joined the cast of his former boss’ untitled X-Men series on Fox. Matt Nix, who will serve as showrunner on the new series, was also the creator of USA’s Burn Notice. The show focuses on a pair of human parents that must take their mutant children on the run from the government and take refuge with an underground mutant resistance.
Bell’s character Jace Turner is described as “a weathered man who quietly wrestles with the moral ambiguities of a job that regularly requires cold-blooded, calculating efficiency on a day-to-day basis.” While it doesn’t specify, it sounds to me like a villainous role. Could Bell be playing the lead government agent in charge of tracking down the mutants?
This latest casting follows the casting I missed over the weekend in the wake of all things Nintendo Switch. Joining Stephen Moyer (True Blood) in holy matrimony will be Amy Acker, playing the normal mom. Acker’s a great catch, and fans will remember her from Person of Interest, Angel, and a small role in Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD.
Acker will play Kate Stewart who is “struggling with her separation from her husband, Reed and her increasingly challenging teenage children. When her family situation takes a dark turn, she finds that she’s stronger than she thinks.”
Okay, so maybe they’re not happily married, but if you’ve ever seen a TV show or movie, you know that they’ll eventually fall back in love with each other over the course of the show.
Another comic book-based mutant will make her debut in the form of Lorna Dane/Polaris and will be played by Emma Dumont. Polaris is billed as a “strong-willed, brave and loyal mutant who has the ability to manipulate magnetism.”
No word on whether or not Dumont will play one of the mutant children or one of the underground resistance, but unless Fox is further bastardizing the mutant name, expect it to be the latter. In the comics, Lorna Dane is the daughter of Magneto. Given her ability, this shouldn’t come as too much of a shocker. Although, if this series takes place in modern day, Ian McKellan would have been pretty old when she was conceived.
Finally, Percy Hynes White will also appear as Andy, a “sensitive kid and bit of a loner, who keeps to himself to avoid the turmoil he faces at school and at home.”
I’m intrigued to see how this show comes together. As the show has been ordered to pilot, Fox is likely eyeing a Fall debut.