UPDATE 3 p.m. ET: FX has confirmed Patric’s casting and issued the following statement from network head John Landgraf:
“We’ve been asked repeatedly why it has taken so long to bring our series adaptation of ‘Powers’ to fruition. It is for the same reason we cast Jason Patric in this role; we are aiming for something extraordinary. The lead role of Detective Christian Walker is an extremely layered character, and we needed Jason, who was so brilliant in films like ‘Narc’ and ‘Rush,’ to bring him fully to life. He is pitch perfect for this role and we are honored that he chose FX for his first foray into episodic television.”
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Jason Patric has “Powers,” and his first lead role in a TV series.
Patric (“Narc,” “The Lost Boys”) has taken the lead role of Christian Walker in FX’s drama pilot “Powers,” Deadline reports. Walker is a homicide detective who works cases involving people with superpowers. In the Brian Michael Bendis-Michael Avon Oeming comic book the pilot is based on, Walker himself is a former superhero who lost his powers but still has ties to that world.
If “Powers” goes to series, it will be the first regular TV role for Patric, who has worked in movies for pretty much his entire career. He co-starred in HBO’s comedy pilot “Tilda” last year, but that show didn’t go forward. Patric recently wrapped up a stint on Broadway in a revival of “That Championship Season,” which was written by his father, Jason Miller.
“Powers” is set to film later this summer in Chicago. Charles H. Eglee (“The Walking Dead,” “The Shield”) wrote the pilot, and Michael Dinner (“Justified”) will direct it.
What do you think of Patric’s casting?