Following last week’s news that Eddie Izzard would take the villain role in Playstation’s developing series adaptation of the graphic novel “Powers,” the remaining lead role has just been locked down for the new pilot.
Deadline reports District 9 and Maleficent star Sharlto Copley has been cast as Christian Walker, one of two homicide detectives, teamed with Deena Pilgrim (Susan Heyward), who are assigned to protect humans like us and investigate cases involving people with superhuman abilities – referred to as Powers – who glide through the sky on lightning bolts and fire and who clash above cities in epic battle, oblivious to the mortals below.
Copley hasn’t proven to be all that powerful of a big screen presence after his breakthrough performance in District 9, though he has turned in some decent work in Elysium and The A-Team. He just doesn’t seem to possess much range, though he sounds like a decent choice to fill the role of this dapper and charismatic faded hero who lost his powers in a battle with a super-human mass killer.
In addition, Michelle Forbes has landed a key role as Retro Girl, the undisputed super star of the Powers community, an icon of justice, selflessness, and business acumen. You might recognize her from “Chicago Fire” or “The Killing,” and she’ll have a small role in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part I.
The series is based on the graphic novel of the same name by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming, which was previously attempted in TV show form at FX, but the pilot didn’t result in a series order. So now Playstation thinks they can crack this nut that sounds like “Heroes” meets X-Men with some “Law & Order” thrown in for good measure. Count us intrigued, but if Xbox can’t hold on to their TV division, we’re not sure if Playstation will have much luck either. Filmmaker David Slade is directing the pilot, and he did a hell of a job setting the visual tone for “Hannibal,” so we’ll see how this pans out.
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