Audiences are poised to learn more about the lineage of the Man of Steel than they ever have before if Krypton can fulfill its premise. The Syfy TV series, which was first announced in 2014, has been slowly building momentum over the years and has now finally released a full cast of recognizable faces.
Syfy has released that Krypton will include Game of Thrones regular Ian McElhinney, Da Vinci’s Demons’ Elliot Cowan alongside Ann Ogbomo (World War Z), Rasmus Hardiker (Your Highness), Wallis Day (The Royals), and Aaron Pierre (Tennison).
McElhinney who played the valiant Ser Barristan Selmy (r.i.p) on GoT, will assume the role of Kal-El’s (Superman) great-great-grandfather Val-El, a genius whose ideas about space exploration and warnings to the Kryptonian elite of an impending threat are overlooked. Val-El is also the grandfather of lead character Seg-El, who will be played by young British actor Cameron Cuffe in his breakout role.
Cowan will portray the chief magistrate of Kandor, Daron Vex, who defends Krypton’s oligarchy against dissidence; Day will play Nyssa Vex, Daron Vex’s daughter and junior magistrate; Ogbomo will play Primus Alura Zod, who leads Krypton’s military guild; Pierre will play Dev-Em, a military cadet under the command of Zod; and Hardiker will play Kem, who aside from being Seg-El’s best friend is also a brilliant engineer.
And already announced are pilot director Colm McCarthy (Peaky Blinders) and writers David S. Goyer (Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice) and Ian Goldberg, (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles) with Sleepy Hollow writer Damian Kindler taking on the role of showrunner.
The series will follow ‘Superman’s grandfather – whose House of El was ostracized and shamed – as he fights to redeem his family’s honor and save his beloved world from chaos’. Krypton will take place 200 years before the opening of Man of Steel. While a premiere date has yet to be announced, the full release of the cast means it’s only a matter of time until the pilot gets a date, so watch this space. But expect it in 2017.