Sony TV’s ‘Powers’ Series Casts Eddie Izzard, ‘Game of Thrones’ Noah Taylor and More
We're still not entirely certain what to make of Sony TV's forthcoming 'Powers' adaptation, set to debut in December 2014 as a PlayStation original series, but at the very least the comic drama's cast is shaping up nicely. Comedian Eddie Izzard has joined the series in a villainous new role, along with recent 'Game of Thrones' baddie Noah Taylor, and Olesya Rulin.
With 'The Following' star Susan Heyward cast in the lead role of detective Deena Pilgrim, Deadline reports that Izzard will portray Wolfe, Detective Christian Walker's former mentor and the "bogeyman" of the series, a top-level Power who has spent the last two decades incarcerated in "The Shaft," his abilities kept in check by a series of brutal surgeries. Taking over for Vinnie Jones in the original FX pilot, Taylor will play teleporting criminal mastermind and clubowner Johnny Royalle, who may also be part of a dark and deadly conspiracy.
Rulin meanwhile will play Calista, a teenage Power with street smarts, attitude and vulnerability, who is "always seeking out her next move." Previously, the series was also revealed to have cast 'The Killing' star Max Fowler as Krispin Stockley, son to the as-yet-uncast Christian Walker’s murdered partner and 'Breaking Bad''s Adam Godley as the bookish, respectful and secretive Captain Cross.
For those unfamiliar with ‘Powers,’ here's how Sony describes the superhero series based on Brian Michael Bendis' work:
In a nutshell, “Powers” is an edgy dramatic series that follows the lives of two homicide detectives, Christian Walker and Deena Pilgrim, who are assigned to investigate cases involving people with superhuman abilities, referred to as Powers. Set amidst today’s paparazzi culture, “Powers” asks the questions, what if the world was full of superheroes who aren’t actually heroic at all? What if all that power was just one more excuse for mischief, mayhem, murder, and endorsement deals?
Enter the men and women of the Powers Division, the brave people in charge of protecting humans like us and keeping the peace with these over-paid, commercialized, god-like men and women who glide through the sky imposing their power over the mortals who both worship and fear them.
In its first two (of 10) episodes written by executive producer Charlie Huston and directed by David Slade, 'Powers' will see Circle of Confusion return to executive produce alongside co-creators Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming. Michael Dinner will remain as executive producer and director, with Huston and ‘Falling Skies‘ Remi Aubuchon executive producing under showrunners Bendis and Huston.
PSN users in the United States will be able to watch the first episode of “Powers” for free this December, while PS Plus members will be able to view the entire series for free. What do you think, though? Does 'Powers' increasingly starry cast have you interested to check out the series through its PlayStation debut?