ComingSoon.net is reporting the addition of Danny Pudi (Community, Captain America: The Winter Soldier) and Alan Tudyk (Firefly, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) to the cast of DC’s Powerless, a half-hour comedy on NBC set in the DC Comics universe.
The geeky additions follows the news that High School Musical star Vanessa Hudgens will lead the show, DC Television’s first foray into small screen comedy.
Hudgens will play the show’s lead Emily Locke: “an insurance claims adjuster who loves her job because she gets to help people, Emily likes to fly under the radar and just get her work done. She finds herself increasingly exasperated by the disruptive antics of the various Super Heroes that proliferate in her city.”
Tudyk, one of the most underrated dramatic and comedic actors working today will play Del: “Emily’s overeducated dictator of a boss in the claims department, who also happens to be the owner’s son.”
Pudi, a geek icon following his Meta role as Abed in Community, will play Teddy: “Emily’s prank-pulling work friend and trusted confidante.”
The addition of Pudi and Tudyk to the cast of Powerless is a massive check for me. Tudyk and Pudi can do no wrong as far as I am concerned. And I’m sure the castings will go far to attract some viewers to the show … that is if the pilot is good enough to warrant a series order in late-2016.
Ben Queen is the name attached to pen and run Powerless, which isn’t particularly good news considering he helped write Cars 2. Having said that, he produced his own TV comedy project called A to Z that, although cancelled, was met with warmth.