Fox doesn’t really want everyone calling its proposed X-Men pilot an “X-Men pilot.” But whatever it might be, it has found its first actor.
Blair Redford, who most recently appeared in the USA Network series Satisfaction, has been cast as a “strong-headed Native American leader” of an underground group of mutants, according to TV Line.
The proposed series is from Matt Nix, who actually worked with USA on one of its more popular series in recent years, Burn Notice. However, this will be the first collaboration between Redford and Nix. The pilot will be directed by Bryan Singer, the man who pretty much brought X-Men into the mainstream with his series of films beginning with X-Men in 2000.
Redford, who reportedly has some Native American ancestry, also played Ty Mendosa in the Freeform series Switched at Birth, and Ethan Whitehorse in Freeform’s The Lying Game back when it was still called ABC Family.
His first big break was a recurring role on The Young and the Restless in 2005 and 2006, before playing Miguel Lopez-Fitzgerald in another soap opera, Passions, during its time on what would become Audience.
Another Marvel project, this time for Hulu, also has made some significant casting additions. Runaways has found The Pride, a group of supervillains who, according to Dark Horizons, control crime on the west coast.