Anybody wishing that South African actor Sharlto Copley would jump into the wide world of superheroes should be pretty pleased by this news. Copley and The Killing’s Emmy-nominated actress Michelle Forbes have both signed on to join the impressive cast of Powers, the comic book adaptation coming to PlayStation Network later this year. Part of me wishes Copley’s batshit Elysium antagonist Kruger could also exist in the Powers world, as well as all other movies.
Copley will be taking on the co-lead role of Christian Walker, a homicide detective partnered with Deena Pilgrim (Susan Heyward). They’re not your average dicks, as their cases are more focused on larger-than-life crimes involving people with superhuman capabilities, simply dubbed Powers. (Walker used to be a Power before losing his abilities.) According to Deadline, Forbes will star as the selfless Retro Girl, the most high-profile superstar within the world of Powers. The comic series, created by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oerning, starts off with a story arc called “Who Killed Retro Girl?” so I have to wonder just how long Forbes will be around in this series, and how the character’s reincarnated qualities will be ported to the small screen.
On the evil side of things is Wolfe (Eddie Izzard), an evil Power who formerly served as Walker’s mentor before being imprisoned for decades in a special jail called the Shaft, where his skillset has been dulled by medical procedures. Noah Taylor also recently joined the series as Johnny Royalle, a criminal biggie who owns an underground club that features at the center of a conspiracy; Royalle can appear and disappear at will, which is certainly helpful when heinous crimes are afoot, and also when dinner guests ask who's paying the bill.
The Powers comics, first published in 2000, were already at the center of a televised adaptation a few years ago, when FX gave the greenlight to a pilot that eventually went nowhere. And not to throw insults around here, but I think the PlayStation Network version of the cast is much more interesting than Jason Patric and Lucy Punch as the lead detectives, with former T-Mobile spokeswoman Carly Foulkes as Retro Girl. I’m fine with that pilot poofing out of existence.
Copley, who starred in this year’s Maleficent, is reteaming with District 9 director Neill Blomkamp for the upcoming sci-fi comedy Chappie, and recently wrapped production on John Krasinski’s sophomore directorial effort The Hollars. Forbes, meanwhile, is keeping her TV career strong in the meantime, with recent starring roles on Chicago Fire, Orphan Black and the upcoming Americanized remake of The Returned; she’s also rumored to be joining the cast of True Detective for its second season. On the film side, she’ll be seen by presumably everyone in the world in November’s The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1.
The first two episodes of Powers will be directed by 30 Days of Night helmer David Slade, from scripts written by Charlie Huston. PlayStation Network users can expect to find Powers hitting the system in December, though it’s unknown how or when everyone else can get their eyes on it. Legally, at least.