Have you heard about Powers yet? The comic series has been running since 2000 and is now being turned into a series to air on the PlayStation Network.
Sony Pictures TV is readying an adaptation of the Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming’s comic book series. This will be the first original series by Sony Pictures, for release on the PlayStation Network. The show was originally planned for FX and was set to star Jason Patric, Lucy Punch, and Charles S. Dutton. When that fell through though, Sony, who has owned the rights for over a decade, decided to launch it themselves.
The series follows two homicide detectives, Christian Walker and Deena Pilgrim, who investigate cases involving humans with superpowers, otherwise known as, of course, “powers.”
There’s been a bevy of casting news that’s come out about the upcoming series. The various reports have been fast and furious, so here’s a quick primer as to who’s playing who.
Sharlto Copley as Christian Walker
Sharlto Copley (The A-Team) will play Walker, the lead character. Walker is a one-time superhero turned homicide detective after the loss of his superpowers. Of course, you might remember Copley from his lead role in the game-changing sci-fi film, District 9, as the ill-fated Wikus Van De Merwe, one of the head operatives in the South African mission to relocate the aliens from the shantytown-esque District 9 to District 10.
Susan Heyward as Deena Pilgrim
Deena Pilgrim is Walker’s new partner, having transferred from the SWAT team for a chance to work with the well respected Det. Walker. Eventually she discovers that he used to be the superhero Diamond before he lost his powers, something he’d managed to keep quiet. The little known Heyward has appeared in 30 Rock, 666 Park Avenue, Law & Order, Mother of George and The Following.
Eddie Izzard as Wolfe
Wolfe is a superhuman who has spent the last 20 years in prison. Wolfe and Walker’s animosity runs deep as they have a long history concerning what else – but a dispute over a woman. Izzard is best known for his cross-dressing stand-up comedy, but he’s been in many dramatic projects such as Valkyrie, The Good Wife and Across the Universe. Plus a particularly impressive run on NBC’s Hannibal.
Michelle Forbes as Retro Girl
The first Retro Girl, Janis, is described by The Hollywood Reporter as the “undisputed superstar of the Powers community” and is an icon of selflessness, justice and business savvy, shown through her ability to put herself in harm’s way while expanding her brand. It’s her murder that jumpstarts the Powers series. The history of Retro Girl is just as storied as the feud between Wolfe and Walker, which comes into play with the appearance of the second Retro Girl. Forbes has had appearances on Battlestar Galactica, True Blood, Orphan Black and The Killing.
Olesya Rulin as Retro Girl II
The powers of Retro Girl are passed down through unknown means and that Janis, the first woman to call herself Retro Girl, created her persona during the heydey of superheroes. However, when Janis is killed, her powers are transferred to Calista Secor, a girl who happened to be in Walker’s temporary custody after he rescued her from her kidnapper. Calista is able to help solve the case of the first Retro Girl and later on, Calista takes on the Retro Girl persona. Rulin has been seen in Family Weekend, CSI: Miami, Greek, Drop Dead Diva and NCIS, but she is probably well-known for her appearances in the High School Musical series.
Noah Taylor as Johnny Royale
Johnny Royale is a criminal genius who has the ability to teleport. When Johnny is first introduced, he is suing the police department for harassment. His involvement in a case, particularly the events that happen to him at the hands of Pilgrim, is at the center of many other plots in the Powers universe. Taylor has been a part of Max, Submarine, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Borgias, Edge of Tomorrow, and most importantly, Game of Thrones where he was responsible for the loss of something very dear to Jamie Lannister.
Max Fowler as Krispin Stockley
Stockley is the son of Walker’s partner, who was unfortunately murdered. Like Forbes, Fowler has also been in The Killing. Other projects Fowler has been in include Rage, The Hour and The Callback Queen.
Adam Godley as Captain Cross
Cross is the head of the Homicide department that investigates crimes involving super-powered individuals, directly above Walker and Pilgrim. He is plated by Godley is another alumnus from Burton’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and has been in several other children-oriented projects like Thunderpants and Nanny McPhee. Also though, he has been a part of dramatic projects like Nuremberg: Nazis on Trial, Mad Men, Suits, Agatha Christie’s Marple.
Bendis discussed the show with Comic Book Resources, stating that every case will delve more into the characters themselves.
“Every case is going to show us something new about our characters, it’s going to show us something about what we’ve developed in the comic, which is a pretty sprawling mythology about superheroes. It’s also going to show us what a world with superheroes would really be like, how we would really treat them; how they would immerse our culture, how they would affect our fashion. We’re just immensely proud of it.”
Powers is aiming to be a big promotional point for the new PlayStation 4, so we’ll see how well the plan works. What do you think about Powers coming to the PlayStation Network? Discuss it below the post!
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