Jason Patric to Play Cops & Superheroes in FX’s ‘Powers’

Published 4 years ago by , Updated March 3rd, 2014 at 7:06 am,

Hot on the heels of the announcement that Bad Teacher co-star Lucy Punch was playing the female lead in FX’s Powers pilot, came news that actor Jason Patric would be handling the male lead role of Detective Christian Walker.

This will be the first time that Patric – best known for his roles in Narc and The Losers – will be taking on a TV series, and given how selective the actor tends to be with his roles (Speed 2 notwithstanding) his commitment to the project could be an indication that the pilot script by Charles H. Eglee (The Shield) is indeed something special.

Powers is based on the comic book series by writer Brian Michael Bendis and aritst Michael Avon Oeming. The story in involves a tough female detective named Deena Pilgrim (Punch) who gets partnered with veteran detective Christian Walker (Patric). The twist is that these two detective investigate crimes committed by superpowered individuals. Without SPOILING anything, in the comics the pair’s first case involves the murder of a famous superhero, which gives rise to all kinds of controversy, as well as exposing some long-buried secrets.

While Deena Pilgrim is more of a straightforward and one-note character (at least at the start), Detective Walker is a deep and complex character from the onset, which would require a talented guy like Patric to make the performance work on all the necessary levels. It also helps that Patric is a master of understated strength and intensity (see: his infamous monologue in Your Friends & Neighbors), as these are qualities that Walker has in spades.

Powers FX Pilgrim and Walker Jason Patric to Play Cops & Superheroes in FXs Powers

Pilgrim and Walker in ‘Powers’

The cast of Powers now has three central roles cast – Patric as Walker, Punch as Pilgrim, and Charles S. Dutton as police captain Cross. We’re sure to hear more casting of some the supporting roles and one-off roles for the pilot soon. Stay tuned.

Depending on whether or not it gets a full series order (which is looking more and more likely), you should expect to see Powers sometime this winter.

Source: Deadline

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  1. The Lost Boys. He is best know for his role as Michael in The Lost Boys.

    Narc and The Losers… pffft… What the H???

    • Don’t forget Rush.

  2. One of the most under-appreciated actors in Hollywood. He was, arguably, the best part of The Losers.

  3. agree with both comments i’v not seen narc and he was a good villein in the losers and less said bout speed 2 the better but him in The Lost Boys as Michael will always be his role i wait with baited breath for this new comic book t.v show

  4. This is interesting. I’ve heard about the comic book, and what it’s all about but I never got the chance to follow it.

    Hope this turns out good.

  5. He’s gonna have to beef up if you know what i mean….Jason Patric??? I haveafeeling this might end up being a Csi:Miami or NY meets Top10…

  6. first off, sorry jason, there was nothing good in the losers. that movie was like someone taking a dissentary feuled crap on film, patrick included. he’s had 2 decent flicks, rush and narc, and everyone was better than him in those. this is the last guy i wanna see play walker, in one of the few interesting superhero themed books in recent years (and sorry, the only thing bendis has done that is any good, retelling marvel stories in the ultimate universe not remotely impressive, take the original takes any day). will check it out, but skeptical, need more casting and adapting info.

  7. The Losers was an awesome film imo. Don’t know why the hate on it? It was a fun movie. This series should be fun too. Anything with Bendis attached to it usually turns out good.

  8. Prickly Pete,
    You are wrong. He was the best thing in RUSH fool. As for NARC, Liotta had the showy shouting role, Patric underplayed and out did him in every scene. He held the movie together with intense silence and behavior. Ever see Afetr Dark My Sweet? One of the best neo noirs of the last 20 years. Your Friends and Neighbors where he delivers the best monologue in film history? Four minutes uncut of some of the most blistering dialogue ever written? The Beast, Expired, Geronimo, even crap like Sisters Keeper he is the best thing in it.He chooses roles over stardom.
    I love how snarky “expert” like Prickface Pete make proclamations without any knowledge, as if he is the deciding word.
    Patric is one of, and has been for decades, one of the best, if most under appreciated, actors of his generation.
    Cant wait to hear your response after he kills Walker.