Syfy's Superman prequel Krypton has cast its lead star Seg-El

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Oct 3, 2016, 3:02 PM EDT

Syfy is prepping its own DC series that will explore the history of Superman’s home world in Krypton, and now we know who will star as Kal-El’s ancestor.

Relative newcomer Cameron Cuffe has been cast in the lead role of Seg-El in the Syfy drama pilot Krypton. According to the studio's character description, Seg-El is destined to be the ancestor of Jor-El and Kal-El, but lives his life as the scion of the once-prosperous El family. He is blessed with an intuitive brilliance for all things technical; he is now living in Krypton’s lowest caste after his family was stripped of its rank.

Though Cuffe doesn’t have a ton of TV experience, he is an accomplished stage performer. The London-born actor is a graduate of The Lir Academy (Ireland’s National Academy of Dramatic Art) in Dublin, Ireland. He has appeared in the Park Theatre production of David Hare’s dramatic play The Vertical Hour, and in the Donmar Warehouse production of City of Angels. As far as big- and small-screen work, he most recently appeared in the feature film Florence Foster Jenkins, and has a recurring role in ITV’s The Halcyon.

Krypton comes from executive producers David S. Goyer and Damian Kindler. The pilot is in development now. Check out a shot of Cuffe below and let us know what you think: