True Blood's Stephen Moyer to join X-Men TV series

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Feb 28, 2017, 2:45 PM EST

Stephen Moyer, who starred in HBO's True Blood as Vampire Bill Compton, is about to sink his teeth into a new role: He's been cast as the lead in the upcoming X-Men TV series. Moyer brought salty goodness to the role of Bill, the vampire without a soul but with a penchant for faerie blood.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the currently unnamed TV series doesn't focus on Marvel's mutants. Instead:

The action-adventure project focuses on two ordinary parents who discover their children possess mutant powers. Forced to go on the run from a hostile government, the family joins up with an underground network of mutants and must fight to survive.

But it's not as if an X-Men series will be mutant-free. (That would be like having a Star Wars film without lightsaber battles ... waitaminnit …) Jamie Chung will appear as Blink, a mutant who can create a teleportation field; the character appeared in X-Men: Days of Future Past, played by Fan Bingbing. According to IMDb, Blair Redford will be playing "Sam." Could that be Sam Guthrie, aka Cannonball? We can only speculate.

No other mutants have been announced, but expect to see any character with a budget-friendly, special effects-minimal power.

The series is being developed by Matt Nix, the writer and producer of Burn Notice, along with director Bryan Singer, who directed the wonderful films X-Men, X2 and X-Men: Days of Future Past. Singer also directed X-Men: Apocalypse.

(via TVGuide)