Vanessa Hudgens Cast as Lead in New DC Half-Hour Comedy Series

By February 22, 2016

With Marvel currently in the works on their own, half-hour comedy series in Damage Control, DC has been quietly working on their own show in the same format as well called Powerless, a new workplace comedy about a group of insurance workers that have to live in a world full of destruction caused by the heroes and villains of the DC comics.

While not much information has been released other than the premise and network for Damage Control, DC has finally found the lead actress for Powerless.

Coming off of her critically-acclaimed performance in Grease Live! a few weeks ago, Variety is reporting that Vanessa Hudgens is reportedly set to lead the new NBC comedy series as Emily Locke, a shy insurance agent that likes her job because of how she gets to help people, though she’s growing increasingly more frustrated with the trouble and antics of the superheroes and villains that occupy her city.

The series marks Hudgens’ first regular role on a TV series, and is created by A to Z‘s Ben Queen and executive produced by Michael Patrick Jann, who is also set to direct the series’ pilot episode.

After making her breakout turn in the High School Musical franchise, Hudgens has gone on to break out of her Disney Channel persona quite successfully since through her work in films like Gimme Shelter, Spring Breakers, and more. She’s certainly proven she’s got the chops to be a standout in an ensemble cast before, but it will be interesting to see how she does in this niche corner of the superhero genre.

Powerless is currently in development.

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Alex Welch

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