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Casting roundup: Krypton finds Brainiac and The Haunting of Hill House scares up mysterious character

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Nov 3, 2017, 4:27 PM EDT

A midday casting roundup finds some TV roles of questionable morality and plot significance filled by exciting actors.

First are two cast in next year’s SYFY show Krypton, which splits its time between the past with Superman’s grandfather, Seg-El (Cameron Cuffe), and a present-day conspiracy against Superman. Deadline has reported that the David S. Goyer- and Damian Kindler-developed superhero show has found its Brainiac in Da Vinci’s Demons actor Blake Ritson. The show already has Adam Strange (Shaun Sipos) and Lyta Zod (Georgina Campbell), but this antagonist is a step forward in understanding the series.

Ritson, being the second live-action version of the supervillain after James Marsters first appeared in the role on Smallville, may bring the hyperintelligent probable android back to Superman’s beginnings — as DC Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns has said that Brainiac would serve as one of the show’s primary antagonists.

Some believe he — as a being smart enough to solve the problems of time travel — will move between timelines from the present day to the pre-apocalyptic past before planet Krypton’s destruction, attempting to fulfill a plot to prevent Superman’s birth.

Joining Ritson, though likely not in the plot against Superman, is Ray Donovan actor Paula Malcomson. She will play Charys, matriarch of the House of El and mother of Seg-El. That would make her Superman’s great-grandmother, which speaks to a level of feminine toughness underexplored in the hero’s mythos. Her role looks to be one of sociopolitical maneuvering, which Malcomson would thrive in after her steely performance in Caprica.

More female-run fare comes with news about Netflix’s The Haunting of Hill House series. Halt and Catch Fire actress Annabeth Gish has been cast in a recurring role as a character named Mrs. Dudley. As Halt and Catch Fire comes to a close, Gish will spend her time between this Netflix ghost story and The X-Files, building spooky mythologies as she goes.

Details on Dudley are as scant as they are on the characters played by the rest of the cast (which includes Carla Gugino, Michiel Huisman, and Kate Siegel) and the series in general, but coming from hot horror writer/director Mike Flanagan (recently off of Netflix’s Gerald’s Game adaptation and Ouija: Origin of Evil), it’s easy to trust in the secrecy.