Krypton TV Show Casts Unknown as Superman's Grandfather
Syfy's Superman prequel series Krypton has finally found its lead, with little-known British actor Cameron Cuffe signing on to play Superman's grandfather. The story is set two generations before Superman was even born, showing how Cameron Cuffe's character, Seg-El, helped bring the House of El back into prominence while saving the planet of Krypton itself. Syfy hasn't announced when production will begin on the pilot, or when it may air, if it gets picked up to series.
Entertainment Weekly reports that Seg-El is the "scion of the once-prosperous El family," which has since been stripped of its rank and shamed. No details were given about how the El's had fallen. They now live in Krypton's lowest caste after having been stripped of its rank. Seg-El is said to possess, "intuitive brilliance for all things technical."
This casting comes five months after the potential series received a pilot order, although Cameron Cuffe is the first cast member to be added to this series. This show will follow Seg-El as he turns this planet in disarray into one worthy of giving birth to the greatest Super Hero ever known, his grandson Kal-El, a.k.a. Superman. It remains unclear how many more roles will need to be filled before production begins.
Krypton will be executive produced by David S. Goyer (Man of Steel, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, The Dark Knight trilogy) through his Phantom Four banner. Damian Kindler (Sleepy Hollow) will serve as executive producer/showrunner, with Colm McCarthy (She Who Brings Gifts, Peaky Blinders) set to direct and co-executive produce the pilot. The pilot teleplay and story is written by David S. Goyer & Ian Goldberg (Once Upon a Time, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles).
Cameron Cuffe made his feature acting debut in this summer's Florence Foster Jenkins, and he previously appeared in two short film's, 2002's New Year's Eve and 2015's Home Made. He also stars in the upcoming U.K. TV series dubbed The Halcyon, which is slated to premiere next year on ITV. Hopefully we'll have more casting news for Krypton in the very near future.