POWERS TV Series Taps T-Mobile Model Carly Foulkes for Role of Retro Girl
The pilot episode for the FX Network series, based on the Eisner Award winning Image Comics' Powers series by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming, is scheduled to begin production this Summer.
The series follows Detective Christian Walker, who was once a hero who has since lost his extraordinary abilities. As he and his partner, Deena Pilgrim, investigate crimes, they uncover the seedy underbelly of the caped set, such as a Superman like character being a sex fiend. The title is creator owned by artist Michael Avon Oeming and writer Brian Michael Bendis, who is widely known for his work in the mainstream Marvel Universe. The pilot will be produced by Sony and F/X with Karen Barragan (Rescue Me) on to co-produce. Justified's Michael Dinner is expected to direct a script written by Charles Eglee (Dexter; The Walking Dead) who will both serve as executive producers as well.
Powers is set to star Jason Patric as Detective Walker, Lucy Punch as Detective Pilgrim, Bailey Madison as Calista and Charles S. Dutton as the head of a homicide police precinct where detectives Christian Walker and Deena Pilgrim work. The series is scheduled to begin filming this Summer for airing next year.
Powers co-creator Brian Michael Bendis recently revealed that another important role in the project has been filled. Canadian actress and model Carly Foulkes, most well known as the "picture-perfect brunette" who represents the cell phone company T-Mobile, will play the part of Retro Girl in the series.
The first arc of the Powers comic details the death of Retro Girl (first name Janis, last name unrevealed), a popular and powerful super-heroine. Retro Girl is in fact a legacy of women - with or without powers - who are continuously reincarnated. Detective Walker has met several incarnations in his lifetime, but he has only vague recollections of them. The latest incarnation is Calista, a young girl he saved.
For more on author Bendis' thoughts on Powers, read our interview with him from this year's C2E2 convention.