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FX's Powers Pilot Casts Lucy Punch as Deena

FX’s pilot adaptation of the Powers graphic novels is taking shape with the casting of one of its lead roles.

Lucy Punch, whose last major TV foray was the CBS comedy The Class, has landed the female lead, playing homicide detective Deena Pilgrim, our sister site Deadline reports. Since being part of The Class, Punch has largely focused on film roles, including parts in Dinner for Shmucks and the upcoming Bad Teacher.

Powers follows two detectives, Pilgrim and the yet-to-be-cast Christian Walker, who are tasked with investigating homicide cases involving people with superpowers.

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When the FX pilot was first announced, fans were quick to dreamcast Deena with Battlestar badass Katee Sackhoff, but instead went on to book a role on the A&E pilot Longmire. Other possibles bandied about included Brea Grant (Heroes), Allison Mack (Smallville) and Kristen Bell (who is set to star in the new Showtime series House of Lies).

Now we move onto the none-too-small job of casting Walker. Kyle Chandler was one candidate hoisted up the flagpole, but he reportedly took a pass. Holt McCallany (Lights Out), Tahmoh Penikett (Battlestar Galactica) and Owain Yeoman (who is currently on The Mentalist) are among the names that landed on assorted fans’ wish lists.