The FX Adaptation Of Octavia Butler’s Kindred Adds New Cast Members
It seems like just about every streaming network is working on an adaptation of an Octavia Butler story right now. So far, production for Kindred appears to be progressing quickly over at FX. This week we got news that six new actors have been cast in roles for the time-traveling slave narrative. Let’s take a look at who will appear in the cast of the Kindred adaptation for FX.
A Slave Narrative Inside A Time-Travel Story
Mallori Johnson | Photo by Thomas Brunot via IMDB
The official synopsis for Kindred tells us a bit about the story. “A young aspiring writer discovers secrets about her family’s past when she finds herself mysteriously being pulled back and forth in time to a 19th century plantation.” The protagonist of the story is a woman named Dana, who will be played by newcomer Mallori Johnson. Currently, Johnson is the only actor whose role is named in the credits for Kindred. But we can do a little speculation on who the new actors will play.
Joining the cast of the Kindred adaptation are Micah Stock; Ryan Kwanten, Gayle Rankin, Austin Smith, Antoinette Crowe-Legacy, and David Alexander Kaplan. But who will these actors portray in the upcoming FX adaptation of Kindred?
Who Will Play Who In Kindred?
Antoinette Crowe-Legacy | Image via Epix
Perhaps the most obvious guess for the cast of the Kindred adaptation is who Antoinette Crowe-Legacy will portray. I suspect that she will be playing the character of Alice Greenwood – a slave whom Dana befriends when she unexpectedly travels back in time. There are a number of roles that Crowe-Legacy might fill in the adaptation of Kindred, but Alice is one of the most important connections that Dana makes in the past so our bet is on her.
Also appearing in Kindred is longtime True Blood actor Ryan Kwanten. Now it is possible that Kwanten will be playing Dana’s white husband in the contemporary time period. But my guess is that he will actually be portraying Rufus Weylin, the son of the slave-master and heir of the plantation. Rufus is one of the more prominent characters from the book, and acts largely as the antagonist. It would make sense for the biggest name attached to the series to fill this role.
Ryan Kwanten | Image via HBO
In the story, Dana first encounters Rufus as a child. And everytime she finds herself traveling back in time it is to save his life. Young actor David Alexander Kaplan is almost certainly playing Rufus as a child, that one is obvious.
This means my guess for Dana’s husband – Kevin Franklin – is Micah Stock. Kevin is the antithesis of Rufus, as a fairly progressive white man in the 1970’s. However, he is far from a perfect husband and is often blind to the prejudice that Dana faces on a daily basis.
Rampant Speculation On Kindred Casting
Gayle Rankin | Image via HBO
Gayle Rankin of Glow and Perry Mason also joins the cast. It is a bit trickier to pin down what role she might inhabit. It is possible that she will play the role of Margaret Weylin, the mother of Rufus who suffers from mental health issues and inflicts cruelty upon her slaves. However, Rankin is a bit young to portray that role and I honestly cannot think of any other prominent white women in the book. So this one is a bit of a question mark.
Rounding out the cast is Austin Smith of Hamilton. He could inhabit any number of roles in the Kindred adaptation, but my guess is that he will play Nigel. This character is a slave who dreams of freedom. He was childhood friends with Rufus before realizing that the abusive power dynamics between them meant that they could never truly be friends.
Of course all of this is rampant speculation on my part, but I look forward to seeing if my predictions were correct. Kindred is currently still casting, and no premiere date has been set on FX. But we will be following this adaptation closely in the months to come. To stay up to date on all of the latest genre news, be sure to follow Comic Years on Facebook and Twitter today!
Emily O'Donnell is a writer and photographer with roots in some of the earliest online fandoms. She cut her genre teeth on the Wizard of Oz books at the tender age of 6 years old, and was reading epic adult fantasy novels by the age of 10. Decades later, she still consumes genre fiction like there is no tomorrow. She is delighted to be living through the golden age of sci-fi and fantasy popularity. She is unashamed of the amount of fanfiction that still lingers online under her name.