With filming set to begin "in just a few weeks," FX's Powers pilot appears to have found its Christian Walker: Heat Vision reports that Jason Patric is in negotiations to star as the veteran homicide detective in the superhero police procedural.
Based on the long-running comic series by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming, Powers follows two detectives who investigate cases involving “powers” (people with superhuman abilities) in a world where superheroes and supervillains are common. Walker, who was a power before losing his abilities, is paired with rookie cop Deena Pilgrim to investigate the murder of the popular superheroine Retro Girl.
FX reportedly had been courting Friday Night Lights star Kyle Chandler to play Walker, going so far as to revise the pilot script to incorporate notes from the veteran actor.
Powers marks the first entry into series television for Patric, who will join Lucy Punch as Deena Pilgrim, Charles S. Dutton as Captain Cross and Bailee Madison as Calista. The pilot is written by Charles “Chic” Eglee, former executive producer of The Walking Dead, and directed by executive producer Michael Dinner (Justified, Sons of Anarchy). The network is looking to premiere the series in early 2012.
Patric, whose quirky resume includes The Lost Boys, Speed 2: Cruise Control and In the Valley of Elah, is no stranger to comic-book adaptations: He played the offbeat villain Max in The Losers.
Update: FX has issued a press release announcing Patric's casting and confirming the other actors.
JASON PATRIC TAKES THE LEAD ROLE IN "POWERS"FX Drama Pilot Based on the Award-Winning Comic and Graphic Novel Series by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming
Pilot Co-Stars Include Lucy Punch, Charles S. Dutton and Bailee Madison Pilot Written By Charles H. Eglee and Directed by Michael Dinner Begins Production in July in Chicago
LOS ANGELES, June 22, 2011 - Film and stage star Jason Patric has signed on to star as "Christian Walker" in the FX drama series pilot Powers, based on the award-winning comic and graphic novel series by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming.
"We've been asked repeatedly why it has taken so long to bring our series adaptation of Powers to fruition. It is for the same reason we cast Jason Patric in this role; we are aiming for something extraordinary," said John Landgraf, President and General Manager of FX Networks. "The lead role of Detective Christian Walker is an extremely layered character and we needed Jason, who was so brilliant in films like Narc and Rush, to bring him fully to life. He is pitch perfect for this role and we are honored that he chose FX for his first foray into episodic television."
The pilot, written by Charles H. Eglee (The Shield, Dexter, The Walking Dead) and to be directed by Michael Dinner (Sons of Anarchy, Justified), begins production in July in Chicago. Eglee and Dinner serve as Executive Producers along with Bendis, Oeming and David Engel. Sony Pictures Television and FX Productions will co-produce.
Powers is a high concept crime procedural where the detectives police the brutal and sensational crimes surrounding super power beings, while illuminating the weaknesses and strengths of humanity in the process. Powers follows the life of "Christian Walker" (Patric), a homicide detective devoted solely to cases that involve "powers" (people with superpowers). The pilot also stars Lucy Punch (Bad Teacher) as "Deena Pilgrim," Walker's partner; Charles S. Dutton (Roc) as Walker's indefatigable boss, "Captain Cross"; and Bailee Madison (Just Go With It) as "Calista," an acerbic 10-year-old girl drawn into Walker's life.
Patric recently concluded a successful run on Broadway, starring in the revival of the Tony and Pulitzer Prize winning play That Championship Season, with Chris Noth, Kiefer Sutherland, Brian Cox and Jim Gaffigan, directed by Gregory Mosher. The play, originally presented in 1972, was written by Patric's father, Jason Miller.
Patric is represented by David Unger of ICM, Jason Weinberg of Untitled, and Bloom Hergott.
Patric's feature film debut came in 1987 when he appeared in the comedy-thriller The Lost Boys. Other film credits include After Dark My Sweet, Rush, Geronimo: An American Legend, Sleepers, Narc, and Your Friends and Neighbors, which was the first feature Patric produced for his production company, Fleece. Some of Patric's other theater credits include the Broadway production of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Neil LaBute's Bash, Beirut, Out of Gas on Lover's Leap, The Tempest, Henry V and Love's Labor Lost.
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