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FX Powers Up Casting: Who Should Cop Roles?

The time to play Armchair Casting Director for FX’s Powers is now.

As part of FX’s Tuesday upfront presentation, network president John Landgraf shared his plan to launch two new dramas over the coming year — and the previously announced adaptation of the Brian Michael Bendis/Michael Avon Oeming comic book series is a strong contender for a winter launch.

“We hope to begin production [on the Powers pilot] somewhere between late May and early July,” Landgraf told TVLine.

Given that schedule, Landgraf said, “I don’t have anything to announce yet” in terms of casting. “But we’re going to get into that process pretty actively in the next couple weeks.”

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Powers follows two detectives, Christian Walker and Deena Pilgrim, who are tasked with investigating homicide cases involving people with superpowers — and you can be sure that fans of the books have passionate opinions on who could fill either live-action role.

When it comes to Walker, Oeming himself has shared (on a forum hosted by Bendis) his preference for two familiar faces, though one of them is otherwise committed: Tahmoh Penikett (Battlestar Galactica) and Owain Yeoman (who is currently on The Mentalist, though damn if he isn’t the spitting image of Walker).

HitFix’s Alan Sepinwall, meanwhile, has suggested Holt McCallany, seeing as FX’s Lights Out won’t be back for a second round. Landgraf deemed that idea “really interesting” when we spoke to him.

For Deena, Powers fans were quick to lock in Battlestar badass Katee Sackhoff as their No. 1 pick, but she has since gone onto book a role on the A&E pilot Longmire. With Starbuck out of the mix, there has been no particular consensus on who else could play Walker’s partner, though commenters on Bendis’ forum tossed around such names as Brea Grant (Heroes) and, yes, Kristen Bell (Veronica Mars). But even Bell is also committed to another pilot, Showtime’s House of Lies.

Oeming also weighed in on one of the secondary characters, saying that Rob McElhenney (of FX’s It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia) would be spot-on as Detective Kutter.

Until casting starts taking actual shape, only this much is known about FX’s Powers: Charles Eglee (The Walking Dead) wrote the pilot and will executive-produce with Bendis, Oeming, Michael Dinner and David Engel, while Dinner will direct (as he did for both the Sons of Anarchy and Justified pilots).

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But first out of the gate when it comes to new FX dramas is “likely” to be American Horror Story, from Glee‘s Ryan Murphy and Brad Fulchuk and starring Connie Britton (Friday Night Lights). Landgraf said the cabler’s next new drama could premiere as early as this fall.

Who would you cast in Powers as Walker and Pilgrim?



Comments (91)

  • Christian Walker – Brian Austin Green
    Deena Pilgrim – Alaina Huffman

    Comment by Scott – March 30, 2011 07:07 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Brian Austin Green must get this. He was excellent as Metallo in Smallville and was awesome as Derek Reese in TSCC.

      I only see him as choice. Alaina Huffman is a great pick too.

      Comment by jo – March 30, 2011 09:13 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Deena Pilgrim-Allison Mack

      Comment by Lucas – March 30, 2011 03:22 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Caroline Dhavernas.

    Comment by JT – March 30, 2011 07:09 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Ooh, interesting.

      Comment by Jaymii – March 30, 2011 07:42 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Walker – Max Adler
    Deena – Allison Mack

    Comment by Rob – March 30, 2011 07:25 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • TAHMOH TAHMOH TAHMOH!!!!

    Comment by sarah – March 30, 2011 07:29 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Yes, yes, yes. That man needs to be back on TV.

      Comment by Jess – March 30, 2011 07:37 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Tahmoh seems really sweet but I feel like he isn’t exactly the best actor out there. he always seems a bit 2 dimensional.

    Kristen Bell would be great but isn’t she doing something else?
    Owain Yeoman is spot on in my opinion.

    Comment by ciara – March 30, 2011 07:41 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’d honestly LOVE to see Tahmoh Penikett as Walker.

    For Pilgrim, Megan Ward.

    Comment by Matt – March 30, 2011 07:41 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Deena – Allison Mack

    Comment by Peaches – March 30, 2011 08:00 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Walker-Victor Webster
    Deana-Brea Grant

    Comment by Max Fisher – March 30, 2011 08:07 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Allison Mack for Deena Pilgrim.

    She has the look and the spunk to pull it off.

    Comment by Sam – March 30, 2011 08:11 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Allison Mack for Deena Pilgrim. No question.

    Comment by Jeff – March 30, 2011 08:21 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Allison Mack as Deena Pilgrim

    Comment by Kenzi – March 30, 2011 08:27 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Have to go with Allison Mack for Deena. Great nuanced actress who can spit fire dialogue with the best of them.

    Comment by Jen – March 30, 2011 08:29 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Allison Mack for Deena Pilgrim, Hands down.

    Comment by Vanessa – March 30, 2011 08:30 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I think Clea Duvall has the right edge for Deena. And even though he doesn’t want to do TV anymore, Josh Holloway would be quite good as the dryly humorous, slighly angsty tough-guy Walker.

    Comment by Tara – March 30, 2011 08:41 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I would love Kristen Bell as Deena, even though she is already spoken for. (I just love – and miss – her. Veronica Mars, we hardly knew ye.)

    As for Walker… Enver Gjokaj. Granted, the material wouldn’t lend itself to his goofiness (a la Kiki the party girl), but he’s got the right look.

    Comment by Day – March 30, 2011 08:58 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Allison Mack as Deena Pilgrim.

    pic courtesy of SummerStarr882 on Twitter (hope she doesn’t mind!)
    http://img859.imageshack.us/img859/8655/13053471.jpg

    Comment by SnazzyO – March 30, 2011 09:01 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Seconded on Allison Mack. And Tahmoh Penikett has my vote as well.

      Comment by Steven – March 30, 2011 09:37 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Oh hell yeah to this :)

        Comment by Lori – March 31, 2011 12:18 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • That looks perfect! Definitely Allison Mack.

      Comment by Val – March 30, 2011 09:52 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • totally agree :)

      Comment by María – April 9, 2011 06:31 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Deena- Mini Anden or Cassidy Freeman
    Walker- Josh Holloway or Zachary Quinto

    Comment by Julia – March 30, 2011 09:22 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Deena- Dawn Oliver
    Walker- Michael Raymond-James

    Comment by jemma – March 30, 2011 09:25 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Allison Mack for Deena. Definitely!
    All my dream casting choices for Walker are on renewed shows so I can’t say anything on that right now.

    Comment by Inky – March 30, 2011 09:50 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Oh it will be amazing to have Allison Mack as Deena, is just a complete fit!!!

    Comment by MonicaOP – March 30, 2011 09:53 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Allison Mack as Deena Pilgrim.

    Comment by Bouroux – March 30, 2011 10:03 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Katee Sackoff for Deena Pilgrim!

    Comment by Red Hood – March 30, 2011 10:34 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Allison Mack as Deena Pilgram, hands down! Would love to see her reunited with Milo Ventimiglia!

    Comment by Steph – March 30, 2011 10:40 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Ok how about for Walker: Brandon Routh or James Marsden. Both would lend a big(ish) name to the project and neither are ‘A-listers’ but have been involved in some huge projects.

    I think Deena is a little harder to pin down. I think somebody like Billie Piper could do it pretty well but I’m not sure if she’s in the market for a US show. Allison Mack seems like a good choice but I don’t think she’s up for another genre TV show after 10 years on Smallville, Hmm I’m going to have to think about this. How about Claire Danes? She’d never do it but a guy can dream right?

    Comment by Liam – March 30, 2011 10:47 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Allison Mack or Kristen Bell.

    And I love the idea of Tahmoh or Owain.

    Comment by Summer – March 30, 2011 10:47 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Holt McCallany would be perfect for the role… really good suggestion by Sepinwall. He was great on the criminally underwatched Lights Out.

    I don’t like Tahmoh very much as an actor, (hated BSG, thought he was the weakest part of Dollhouse), so I’m iffy on that choice (but would prefer him to Routh who single-handedly ruined Chuck for me during his guest stint on that show).

    Caroline Dhavernas would be a great, if different, choice for Deena. :)

    Comment by XK – March 30, 2011 11:19 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Allison Mack – Deena Pilgram

    Brain Austin Green for the other guy…haha

    Comment by kayla – March 30, 2011 11:37 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Allison Mack for Deena Pilgrim.

    Based on the drawing of the characters, Allison Mack has the look for Deena. Allison has shown that she can play a strong character, while giving that character heart, and she’s very familiar with working on a show that might be heavy in FX and deals with characters with superpowers.

    Either Tahmoh or Owain would be great choices for Walker.

    Comment by Marie – March 30, 2011 11:50 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Allison Mack – Deena Pilgrim Perfect!

    Comment by Amanda Lessa – March 30, 2011 12:31 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Allison Mack as Deena FTW!

    Comment by KC Connor – March 30, 2011 01:24 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Allison Mack Please!! She has the look, and she`s a tremendous actor.

    Comment by Noe – March 30, 2011 01:28 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Brian Austin Green for the win re Walker = SUPPORT!

    Comment by JA – March 30, 2011 02:28 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • ALLISON MACK for sure
    She will nail her character Deena

    Comment by connie – March 30, 2011 03:08 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Allison Mack as Deena!

    Comment by M. – March 30, 2011 03:21 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Like most of the posters above my choices:

    Allison Mack as Deena
    Brian Austin Green as Walker

    Comment by Liz – March 30, 2011 07:50 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Allison Mac as Deena, what about Justin Hartley as Walker, they both have great chemistry.

    Comment by AMANDA TAY – March 31, 2011 04:22 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Second it. They do both look great together.

      Comment by Patrick – March 31, 2011 04:24 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Allison Mack serait parfaite pour interprêter Deena Pilgrim.
    I love it.

    Comment by Kels – March 31, 2011 05:51 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • ALLISON MACK as Deena Pilgrim.

    Comment by lyly – March 31, 2011 05:52 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Allison Mack serait parfaite dans ce role !

    Comment by Jessie – March 31, 2011 08:01 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Deena Pilgrim-Allison Mack
    it wiil be awesome

    Comment by liris – March 31, 2011 08:11 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • ALLISON MACK as Deena Pilgrim.

    Comment by Gary – March 31, 2011 08:30 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Allison Mack!!!!
    she is a fantastic actrice, she deserves a TV main character or main character movie!! :)

    Comment by Hellinean – March 31, 2011 08:37 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Allison Mack as Deena Pilgrim of cours!!!

    Comment by Emilie – March 31, 2011 08:48 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Allison Mack and Justin Hartley!

    Comment by Amanda Lessa – March 31, 2011 09:17 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Allison Mack would not be bad as Deena but I don’t think she would want to do another genre show so soon. On the other hand, Deena is so far from Chloe, she might consider it.

    As for Walker, I agree with Owain looks EXACTLY right. His character is so interesting you need someone who can actually act and too many of the ~pretty boys~ out there can’t. That’s why I can’t get behind BSG dude. The idea of Justin Hartley doing it is equally ridiculous. Honestly, you might need an unknown cause no one is even coming to mind that would have the right mix.

    Comment by Carrie – March 31, 2011 09:41 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Definitely Allison Mack as Deena

    Comment by SM – March 31, 2011 12:26 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • allison Mack! she is fabulous!!!!! we need to see more of her on tv !!

    Comment by Hellinean – March 31, 2011 12:35 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Definitely Allison Mack as Deena Please!!!

    Comment by rosanna – March 31, 2011 01:09 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • ALLISON MACK FTW! She’d be perfect for the role!

    Comment by Tim – March 31, 2011 02:09 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • No doubt for me! Deena Pilgrim-Allison Mack =)

    Comment by Monica – March 31, 2011 02:22 PM PDT  Reply To This Post

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