Susan Heyward Grabs Racebent Role of Deena Pilgrim in Powers
The powers that be.
Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming’s Powers has had a long and rocky road to getting a series, including a pilot, reshoots, a reboot, and now a full series pickup from Sony for airing on PlayStation consoles. We’ve gotten our first casting announcement today, revealing that the production is taking a laudable wide view as far as its leads are concerned.
Susan Heyward (not to be confused with Susan Hayward), Max Fowler, and Adam Godley will all be what seems to be major characters in the new series. Powers concerns the lives and work of newly partnered detectives Deena Pilgrim and Christian Walker, one a secret ex-superhero who’s lost their powers, the other a person who has only recently come into their own powers and is striving to keep them a secret. Between the two of them, they wind up working superhero-related cases pretty often. According to Deadline:
Fowler will play Krispin Stockley, the son of Walker’s murdered partner, a disaffected teen still struggling with the death of his father at the hand of a rogue Power which starts him on a dark journey that will warp him both physically and emotionally. Godley will play Captain Cross, the solid steel in a frail frame captain of the Powers division, bookish, respectful and loyal but may harbor a secret agenda that could lead his beloved department into a full-fledged conspiracy.
Heyward has been tapped for the role of Deena Pilgrim herself. Deena is already a neat subversion of a predominantly male trope: the loose cannon cop who doesn’t play by the rules because of unresolved personal issues—the kind of character easily inhabited by, say, Andy Samberg or Mel Gibson. But it’s also exciting that the production chose Heyward, a black actress, to play one of its two depicted-as-white leads, and it seems like Heyward’s pretty excited about it as well:
— Susan Heyward (@susanheyward) July 16, 2014
Powers will become the first original television series to stream exclusively on the PlayStation Network, premiering in December.
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