The Hollywood Reporter has learned Amy Acker, star of Angel and Person of Interest, has been cast as the female lead in Fox’s as-yet-untitled X-Men pilot.
She’ll join fellow newcomers Emma Dumont and Percy Hynes White (Between) as Kate Stewart, a “woman who is struggling with her separation from her husband and her increasingly challenging teenage children. When her family situation takes a dark turn, she finds that she’s stronger than she thinks.”
If you’ve been keeping track of Fox’s casting spree hitherto, you’ll know that’s the motherly anchor of Matt Nix’s spinoff mutant story who, alongside Stephen Moyer’s character Reed, attempts to ward off a potential family crisis by gathering her erratic, superpowered children and hitting the road. Pursued by a nefarious agency, their search for a safe haven leads them to an underground mutant colony, which houses such gifted individuals as Blink (Jamie Chung) and Eclipse (Sean Teale). Natalie Alyn Lind (Gotham), meanwhile, signed on just yesterday to play Lauren, a wise-beyond-her-years young woman and a problem child for Reed and Kate.
Blink and Eclipse aren’t the only mutants set to feature in the X-Men TV series, considering that Dumont will take on the role of Lorna Dane/Polaris — a “strong-willed, brave and loyal mutant who has the ability to manipulate magnetism.” On the other hand, White has closed a deal to play Andy, a “sensitive kid and bit of a loner who keeps to himself to avoid the turmoil he faces at school and at home.”
Still no mention of when the cameras will start rolling on Fox’s untitled X-Men spinoff. That being said, with a casting docket that continues to grow by the day, it shouldn’t be too long before the studio fires up production in earnest. Series stalwart Bryan Singer will helm the pilot episode.