Fox's untitled X-Men show has cast its first mutant, according to Entertainment Weekly. Switched At Birth actor Blair Redford will play "Sam," a Native American mutant who is the leader of an underground mutant network.
It's unclear if Sam is a version of an existing comic book character, or an original creation for the show. The most prominent "Sam" in X-Men lore is Sam Guthrie, a.k.a. Cannonball, who is not Native American. There are also many prominent Native American characters in the X-Men mythos, including Warpath, Forge, Thunderbird, and Scalphunter, but none named "Sam" - although Forge's real name has never been revealed in comic books.
Showrunner Matt Nix did not shed any light on the matter, coyly saying there would be existing X-Men characters and new creations appearing in the show.
“It’s sort of designed to side-step questions like, ‘Where is Wolverine?'” Nix explained. “There is a certain amount of those characters that I can use and I’m using some of those. Other characters I’m inventing but everything is invented with a nod to the existing mythology.”
The untitled show is currently in pre-production for an undisclosed release date.