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The Syfy Superman prequel series Krypton has found its star. Irish actor Cameron Cuffe will portray Seg-El, grandfather to Superman/Kal-El and a man who, according to Deadline, “fights to redeem his family’s honor and save his beloved world from chaos.”
TV audiences are used to seeing Krypton on the small screen, most recently on the CBS (now CW) show Supergirl. Krypton offers a different spin on the Superman mythos by focusing on the character’s ancestral background, with the series set 200 years prior to the Man of Steel’s birth. The brilliant Seg-El must deal with the loss of prestige that has banished the House of El to the lowest caste on Krypton.
Cuffe may be unfamiliar to American audiences, but traditionally casting a relative unknown in a Superman project has had its benefits—just consider, for example, Christopher Reeve’s iconic portrayal of Superman in the original film series. English actress Georgina Campbell will co-star alongside Cuffe as Lyta Zod. That surname will undoubtedly ring a bell with Superman fans, as Superman has fought Lyta’s descendant General Zod in both the comics and films.
The showrunner for the Syfy Krypton series is David S. Goyer, who fans will recognize as the screenwriter for such DC Comics film adaptations as Batman Begins and Man of Steel. Syfy has ordered a Krypton pilot, but no word yet as to when (or if) it’ll go to series. If and when it does, Entertainment Fuse will be the first to let you know about it!