The PlayStation network’s TV series of Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming’s Powers has announced its big bads.
Deadline reports that Eddie Izzard (Hannibal, Mystery Men) and Noah Taylor (Game Of Thrones, Submarine) have been cast, alongside Olesya Rulin.
Following his rather excellent turn as Hannibal‘s wannabe Chesapeake Ripper Abel Gideon, Izzard will continue his villainy streak as “Wolfe, the bogeyman of the POWERS universe — a top-level Power who has spent the last two decades incarcerated in the Shaft, his terrible abilities kept in check through a brutal regimen of surgical procedures.” Wolfe was also the mentor of Christian Walker, one half of Powers‘ lead detective duo.
Taylor is also coming off an impressive villainous turn, having played Game Of Thrones‘ dismemberment-happy Locke. He’ll play “Johnny Royalle, a criminal mastermind Power with the ability to pop in and out of locations at will. He owns a cutting-edge underground venue, the Here and Gone Club, that may be part of a dark and deadly conspiracy.” Deadline notes that the role was played by Vinnie Jones in the previous pilot, and may we say that the brilliant Taylor (Red White And Blue, Almost Famous) is something of a step up.
Moving away from the villains, High School Musical star Rulin has been cast as “Calista, a teenage Power wannabe with street smarts, attitude and vulnerability who is always seeking out her next move.”
They’re joining Susan Heyward, who takes the lead as Walker’s partner Deena Pilgrim, Adam Godley as Captain Cross and Max Fowler as the bitter son of Walker’s murdered ex-partner. The Hannibal connection continues, as David Slade will be directing the first two episodes.
Impressive casting indeed. Now what we want to know is who’s playing Christian Walker? The original pilot’s Jason Patric seemed like a perfect fit for the character, so we’re very excited to see who’ll be stepping up for this version.
Powers is set in “a world full of people with superhuman abilities and where all of those powers are just another catalyst for mayhem and murder. It follows the lives of two homicide detectives, Christian Walker and Deena Pilgrim (Susan Heyward), who are assigned to protect humans like us and investigate cases involving people with superhuman abilities, referred to as Powers, who glide through the sky on lightning bolts and fire and who clash above cities in epic battle, oblivious to the mortals below.”
Powers airs in December on the Sony PlayStation Network. You can buy Powers: Volume 1 for £9.68 at Amazon.co.uk and find out more about the comics that inspired the show with new digital magazine Uncanny Comics.