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?