Actor Jason Patric is in negotiations to play the lead on FX’s adaptation of “Powers,” according to The Hollywood Reporter. The trade paper describes the role of Christian Walker as “a cop who works in the Powers division of the police force and deals with crimes involving those endowed with special abilities.” Readers of the comic book series from Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming know that description only touches on the character’s history and talents.
While the pilot will be the actor’s first step into regular television, it is not his first comic book based role. He made a memorable appearance in last year’s action-comedy “The Losers,” as Max, the mysterious, yet zany, rogue CIA agent. He is also famous to a generation of moviegoers as one of the stars of “The Lost Boys” with Kiefer Sutherland and Cory Feldman. His eclectic body of work also includes “In the Valley of Elah,” “Speed 2: Cruise Control” and “Narc.”
Back in March, “Friday Night Lights” star Kyle Chandler was in early talks to play Walker, but his interest depended on an agreeable rewrite of the script.
As in the comics, Patric’s first case will focus on the murder of Retro Girl. The story also introduces him to his new partner Deena Pilgrim (Lucy Punch) and child-in-trouble Calista (Bailee Madison). Rounding out the cast is Charles S. Dutton as Captain Cross. Also on board is executive producer Charles H. Eglee, who worked on the first season of “The Walking Dead” and wrote the “Powers” pilot for director Michael Dinner.
FX has not yet made a series commitment to the project, but the cable channel’s president John Landgraf previously called the comic book a “great property, a really robust property.” With a solid crew on both sides of the camera, the pilot may give super-powered characters another chance to fly on television.