DC's STARGIRL Adds Luke Wilson To The Cast
I like Luke Wilson, so it was a treat to hear that the actor has been cast in DC Universe’s upcoming Stargirl series.
According to Deadline, the actor will take on the role of Pat Dugan, “a mechanic-turned-superhero, who pilots Stripe, a hulking 15-foot robot of his own invention.” Here’s the official description of the character:
Pat Dugan once went by the less-than-inspired superhero name of Stripesy, sidekick to a young hero known as the Star-Spangled-Kid and later Starman of the legendary Justice Society of America. Today, Pat has left his sidekick life behind him. But when his new step-daughter, Courtney Whitmore, discovers Pat’s secret past and takes on Starman’s legacy to become Stargirl, Pat is forced to come out of retirement and once again become a sidekick — to his step-daughter — this time piloting a 15-foot robot called Stripe.
That sounds like the perfect character for Wilson! When talking about the casting, showrunner Geoff Johns said that he specifically wrote this role for Wilson because he always wanted to work with him:
“When I first moved to Los Angeles in 1996 and saw Bottle Rocket, I became a huge fan and admirer of Luke’s. And I literally wrote this part for Luke, hoping that someday and somehow he’d play Pat Dugan. I only envisioned him. And now I feel like I won the lottery! Luke’s talent, humor, compassion — his presence and professionalism — and his creative collaboration, his ideas — we’re so lucky to have him alongside Brec in Stargirl.”
Wilson joins the previously cast Brec Bassinger as Stargirl, Joel McHale as Golden Age Starman/Sylvester Pemberton, S.W.A.T.‘s Lou Ferrigno Jr. was cast as Golden Age Hourman, Brian Stapf as Ted Grant/Wildcat, Henry Thomas as Charles McNider/Dr Mid-Nite and Anjelika Washington in an undisclosed role.
Stargirl centers around Courtney Whitmore, who is played by Brec Bassinger, “a struggling high-schooler who relocates to Blue Valley, Nebraska when her mom gets married. After discovering her new stepfather was Starman’s sidekick Stripesy, Courtney uses his old Cosmic Staff to become Stargirl and inspire an unlikely group of young heroes to fight villains of the past. The titular character, who jumpstarted Johns’ career when he created her in 1999, was lovingly inspired by his sister, who was killed in a 1996 plane explosion.”
Stargirl is expected to premiere on DC Universe in 2019.