Sharlto Copley will star as the lead in Powers, Sony PlayStation Network’s first foray into original programming. Copley, of District 9 and recent box office grand slam Maleficent, joins the lineup of stars in the drama adapted from a Marvel comic book series. FX had been trying to develop the series since 2011.
Michelle Forbes of The Killing and Susan Heyward of The Following play other key roles in the crime series, which follows detectives assigned to investigate murder cases involving people with superpowers.
The cast also includes Eddie Izzard, Noah Taylor, Susan Heyward, Olesya Rulin, Max Fowler and Adam Godley. Hannibal’s David Slade will direct the first two episodes, set to debut in December. Sony ordered 10 episodes of the show to be produced by Sony Pictures Television, according to Variety.
At CES this year, Sony promised it would be competing with streaming video on demand (SVOD) providers Netflix and Hulu—companies whose services, particularly when used by apps distributed on the PlayStation Network, have grown in popularity over the last five years.
In a June statement, Sony said PlayStation users will receive the first episode of Powers for free and the entire series will be free for U.S. Playstation Plus members.
Powers was originally produced as a pilot starring Jason Patric and Charles S. Dutton. It was published by Image Comics in the early 2000s before moving to Marvel Comics’ Icon, where it continues today.