District 9 and A-Team star Sharlto Copley has been cast in the lead role for a new PlayStation Network drama series called Powers. The series is being based on Brian Michael Bendis and artist Michael Avon Oeming’s comic book series.
The news comes from Variety who reports that Copley will play Christian Walker, described as "a dapper and charismatic character with a darkness and violence right at the surface but with a sense of buried integrity." The description goes on to say that "Walker has the dissolute air of a faded rock star and the body of a battered heavyweight. Once possessed of super-powers, Walker lost those abilities in a battle with a super-human mass killer. A faded hero, he’s now a detective who works with law enforcement, using his singular expertise to investigate crimes in the Powers community."
Also cast in the series is Michelle Forbes, who will play Retro Girl, "the undisputed super star of the Powers community. An icon of justice, selflessness, and business acumen, she has a cool, hard exterior with a fire right below the surface. Her willingness to put herself at risk for the good of others is matched only by her ability to manage her globe-spanning personal brand."
The series also co-stars Eddie Izzard, Noah Taylor, Susan Heyward, Olesya Rulin, Max Fowler, and Adam Godley. David Slade (30 Days of Night) is set to direct the first two episodes of the show which were scripted by Charlie Huston.
Since Microsoft has been developing its own digital series, Sony PlayStation has been trying to push their own original programing, and Powers sounds like it will be a good one for them.
I love that Copley has jumped on board the project, the guy is a fun actor to watch, and this will be a great role for him. He's currently currently shooting a film called Hollars, and will be seen in the upcoming films Chappie and Hardcore.