Amy Acker and two more join X-Men TV series

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Apr 27, 2017, 4:38 PM EDT (Updated)

Fox's upcoming Marvel series has found its leading lady in a fan-favorite actress. Not only that, but an established mutant character will get to use her magnetic powers on the untitled X-Men TV show.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Amy Acker (Angel, Dollhouse, Person of Interest) has been cast in the lead role of Kate Stewart, a woman who's "struggling with her separation from her husband, Reed (True Blood's Stephen Moyer) and her increasingly challenging teenage children. When her family situation takes a dark turn, she finds that she's stronger than she thinks." The actress also appeared on another Marvel series, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., in a guest-starring stint back in Season 1.

Not only that, but Emma Dumont (Pretty Little Liars, Bunheads) will play the role of Lorna Dane, aka Polaris, a "strong-willed, brave and loyal mutant who has the ability to manipulate magnetism." This will mark the first ever live-action appearance of the Mistress of Magnetism. In the pages of the Marvel Comics, Polaris was also the long-time love interest of Alex Summers/Havok, who was played by MacGyver star Lucas Till in the recent X-Men films.

Since the series takes place in the same universe as the movies -- and even though he apparently met his demise in X-Men: Apocalypse -- does that leave the door open for Havok's return?

Also cast is Percy Hynes White (11.22.63) 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." Acker, Dumont and White join the previously cast Moyer, Natalie Alyn Lind, Jamie Chung, Sean Teale and Blair Redford.

Written by Matt Nix (Burn Notice), the Untitled Fox Marvel Project (gosh, I wish they'd settle on a title already) follows two ordinary parents who find out their kids are mutants, forcing them to go on the run from a hostile government. Joining up with an underground network of mutants, the family must fight to survive. Nix will also executive produce alongside Bryan Singer (who is also set to helm the pilot), Lauren Shuler Donner and Simon Kinberg and Marvel Head of TV Jeph Loeb and Jim Chory (Daredevil).

(via THR)