Following the announcement that Vanessa Hudgens would star in “Powerless,” NBC’s upcoming workplace sitcom set in the DC Universe, Variety has learned that Alan Tudyk, Danny Pudi and Christina Kirk have also been cast as series regulars in the series.
“Powerless” will take place at “one of the worst insurance companies in America” that just so happens to be set in the DC Comics universe. True to grounded nature of the sitcom, all three cast members will play normal humans living in a world populated with superheroes.
“Community” alum Danny Pudi has been cast as Teddy, the best work friend of Hudgens’ character. He’s described as spending his days “creating time-wasting pranks as a way to make their office, the ‘least super place on earth,’ just a little less ‘unsuper.'” Alan Tudyk, known to many fans as Wash from “Firefly” and “Serenity,” will play Hudgens’ boss Del — who was promoted just because he’s the boss’ son. He’s described as a “power-mad disastrous dictator of a boss” and a “rich, over-educated globetrotting wastrel.” Christina Kirk (“A to Z”) has been cast as Jackie, a fan of super heroes — specifically beefcake super guys. Jackie’s also Del’s personal assistant, but she will begin “buckling under his unreasonable and impossible demands.”
Hudgens will play Emily Locke, descibred as “an insurance claims adjuster who loves her job because she gets to help people… [and] likes to fly under the radar and just get her work done.” Nevertheless, Locke “finds herself increasingly exasperated by the disruptive antics of the various Super Heroes that proliferate in her city.”
The sitcom has been picked up as a pilot for NBC and is described as being similar to “The Office” — except set in a world filled with superheroes. Ben Queen will write and executive produce the “Powerless” pilot alongside Michael Patrick Jann, who is also signed to direct.
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