FX has begun casting the new series Powers by officially signing Charles S. Dutton for the first major part.
Dutton will take on the role of Captain Cross, the head of the homicide department where detectives Christian Walker and Deena Pilgrim investigate the often-sordid underbelly of the superhero world.
Onscreen most recently in Legion, Dutton has been a successful film and television actor for the last 25 years. He starred in the 90s FOX television series Roc and has since popped up in everything from Alien 3, Gothika, and Cookie’s Fortune, to more socially conscious films like Get on the Bus. He also showed up on two episodes of House M.D. in 2006 and 2007.
Announcing the casting of Captain Cross first may come as a bit of a surprise, but it goes a long way in detailing the type of show FX and the various producers (Bendis included) are attempting to make.
Given that Powers will ostensibly be a police procedural, Dutton’s expertise at characters with a fiery personality and tough demeanor will likely go a long way in grounding the more traditional police elements with the fantastical superhero aspects.
After being greenlit in February, comic book fans have been eagerly anticipating word of casting for the major roles on the show. Bendis and FX have been frustratingly tight-lipped regarding potential candidates, which has led to a great deal of speculation – both plausible and completely inaccurate.
Powers co-creator and artist Michael Avon Oeming once mentioned his favorite to play Christian Walker would be one-time Firefly and current Castle star Nathan Fillion, but that was before the ABC murder mystery became a hit and locked Fillion into the role. More recent reports suggest that Friday Night Lights star Kyle Chandler was being sought out by FX for the job. Chandler, like Dutton, would be a somewhat unexpected choice, but given the actor’s part in this summer’s highly anticipated Super 8 from J.J. Abrams, the network may have foreseen his star-power on the rise.
Meanwhile, fan speculation had Katee Sackhoff pegged for the role of Deena Pilgrim, but she has since joined the A&E police drama Longmire, which means all of that Sackhoff-as-Pilgrim fan-art is going to have to be replaced.
Whoever eventually gets the nods, expect an announcement soon. FX Networks President John Landgraf hopes to have production on the Powers pilot episode begin “somewhere between late May and early July,” with a premier sometime in January 2012.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter