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?

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  1. Scott says:

    Christian Walker – Brian Austin Green
    Deena Pilgrim – Alaina Huffman

  2. JT says:

    Caroline Dhavernas.

  3. Rob says:

    Walker – Max Adler
    Deena – Allison Mack

  4. sarah says:


  5. ciara says:

    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.

  6. Matt says:

    I’d honestly LOVE to see Tahmoh Penikett as Walker.

    For Pilgrim, Megan Ward.

  7. Peaches says:

    Deena – Allison Mack

  8. Max Fisher says:

    Walker-Victor Webster
    Deana-Brea Grant

  9. Sam says:

    Allison Mack for Deena Pilgrim.

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

  10. Jeff says:

    Allison Mack for Deena Pilgrim. No question.

  11. Kenzi says:

    Allison Mack as Deena Pilgrim

  12. Jen says:

    Have to go with Allison Mack for Deena. Great nuanced actress who can spit fire dialogue with the best of them.

  13. Vanessa says:

    Allison Mack for Deena Pilgrim, Hands down.

  14. Tara says:

    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.

  15. Day says:

    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.

  16. SnazzyO says:

    Allison Mack as Deena Pilgrim.

    pic courtesy of SummerStarr882 on Twitter (hope she doesn’t mind!)

  17. Julia says:

    Deena- Mini Anden or Cassidy Freeman
    Walker- Josh Holloway or Zachary Quinto

  18. jemma says:

    Deena- Dawn Oliver
    Walker- Michael Raymond-James

  19. Inky says:

    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.

  20. MonicaOP says:

    Oh it will be amazing to have Allison Mack as Deena, is just a complete fit!!!

  21. Bouroux says:

    Allison Mack as Deena Pilgrim.

  22. Red Hood says:

    Katee Sackoff for Deena Pilgrim!

  23. Steph says:

    Allison Mack as Deena Pilgram, hands down! Would love to see her reunited with Milo Ventimiglia!

  24. Liam says:

    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?

  25. Summer says:

    Allison Mack or Kristen Bell.

    And I love the idea of Tahmoh or Owain.

  26. XK says:

    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. :)

  27. kayla says:

    Allison Mack – Deena Pilgram

    Brain Austin Green for the other guy…haha

  28. Marie says:

    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.

  29. Amanda Lessa says:

    Allison Mack – Deena Pilgrim Perfect!

  30. KC Connor says:

    Allison Mack as Deena FTW!

  31. Noe says:

    Allison Mack Please!! She has the look, and she`s a tremendous actor.

  32. JA says:

    Brian Austin Green for the win re Walker = SUPPORT!

  33. connie says:

    ALLISON MACK for sure
    She will nail her character Deena

  34. M. says:

    Allison Mack as Deena!

  35. Liz says:

    Like most of the posters above my choices:

    Allison Mack as Deena
    Brian Austin Green as Walker

  36. AMANDA TAY says:

    Allison Mac as Deena, what about Justin Hartley as Walker, they both have great chemistry.

  37. Kels says:

    Allison Mack serait parfaite pour interprêter Deena Pilgrim.
    I love it.

  38. lyly says:

    ALLISON MACK as Deena Pilgrim.

  39. Jessie says:

    Allison Mack serait parfaite dans ce role !

  40. liris says:

    Deena Pilgrim-Allison Mack
    it wiil be awesome

  41. Gary says:

    ALLISON MACK as Deena Pilgrim.

  42. Hellinean says:

    Allison Mack!!!!
    she is a fantastic actrice, she deserves a TV main character or main character movie!! :)

  43. Emilie says:

    Allison Mack as Deena Pilgrim of cours!!!

  44. Amanda Lessa says:

    Allison Mack and Justin Hartley!

  45. Carrie says:

    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.

  46. SM says:

    Definitely Allison Mack as Deena

  47. Hellinean says:

    allison Mack! she is fabulous!!!!! we need to see more of her on tv !!

  48. rosanna says:

    Definitely Allison Mack as Deena Please!!!

  49. Tim says:

    ALLISON MACK FTW! She’d be perfect for the role!

  50. Monica says:

    No doubt for me! Deena Pilgrim-Allison Mack =)