Superman & Lois Casts Vampire Diaries Alum Wole Parks as The Stranger

The CW's upcoming Arrowverse series Superman & Lois has cast Wolé Parks (The Vampire Diaries) in the series regular role of The Stranger. The hour-long drama stems from The Flash executive producer Todd Helbing, DC Universe architect Greg Berlanti, and Warner Bros. TV, and set to go directly into series production once work on the series resumes. Written by Helbing and based on the DC characters created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, Superman & Lois finds Tyler Hoechlin and Elizabeth Tulloch returning to their Arrowverse roles as the world's most famous superhero and comic books' most famous journalist. Together, they must deal with all the stress, pressures, and complexities that come with being working parents in today's society. Parks' The Stranger is a mysterious visitor dedicated to proving to the world that it no longer needs Superman (Deadline Hollywood exclusive).

Wole Parks as Cade in The Vampire Diaries, soon to join Superman & Lois (courtesy of The CW).
Wole Parks as Cade in The Vampire Diaries, soon to join Superman & Lois (courtesy of The CW).

Receiving a straight-to-series order before a pilot was complete, casting started in earnest earlier this year when Jordan Elsass (Little Fires Everywhere) and Alexander Garfin (Whisker Haven Tales with the Palace Pets) were cast as Clark aka Superman and Lois' teenage sons Jonathan and Jordan, respectively. Elsass' Jonathan is clean-cut, modest and kind-hearted, with an "aw-shucks" attitude that somehow doesn't seem dated. Garfin's Jordan is wildly intelligent, but his mercurial temperament and social anxiety limit his interactions with people and consequently, Jordan prefers to spend most of his free time alone, playing video games.

Dylan Walsh (Blue Bloods, Nip/Tuck) is cast in the series regular role of General Lane, military leader, and father to Lois and Lucy. Walsh's Samuel Lane is a no-nonsense Army General who's determined to keep America and the world safe from all threats, from this world or beyond. Emmanuelle Chriqui (The Passage) joined the series as Lana Lang-Cushing, the loan officer at Smallville Bank who stayed in Smallville when others left to begin their lives elsewhere. Lana reconnects with her old friend, Clark Kent, during one of the most difficult periods in her life. Erik Valdez's Kyle Cushing is Lana's husband, Smallville's fire chief, and local hero who's seen his fair share of tragedy. Proud of his small-town life, Kyle doesn't care much for the big city and often butts heads with people that come from it. Helbing, Berlanti, Sarah Schechter, and Geoff Johns are set to executive produce.

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