A new report from Variety confirms that Danny Pudi (Community), Alan Tudyk (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) and Christina Kirk (A to Z) have joined the cast of DC’s workplace comedy Powerless as series regulars. The news comes right on the heels of the announcement that High School Musical and Grease: Live actress Vanessa Hudgens has signed on to play the lead, a character named Emily Locke, in the NBC show.
Powerless supposedly takes place “at one of the worst insurance companies in America.” Pudi plays the best friend to Hudgens’s “insurance claims adjuster who loves her job because she gets to help people”; he spends most of his time pulling pranks around the office. Tudyk is set to play Emily’s boss, Del, a man who is a “power-mad disastrous dictator of a boss.” Lastly, Kirk has joined the project in the role of Jackie. The character is described as being a superhero superfan, who has “plastered her office cubicle with beefcake shots of super guys.”
DC and NBC are lining up an excellent, geek-friendly cast for their show, so it’s now up to Marvel to line up an equally talented cast for their upcoming ABC show Damage Control, which shares a few similarities with Powerless. Both shows are half-hour comedies that follow the day-to-day lives of the regular people who exist in universes where superheroes run rampant.
The Powerless pilot is written and executive produced by A to Z creator Ben Queen and directed by Michael Patrick Jann (The State). At this time, it is unclear which DC universe the show will fit into if it is picked up to series, between the cinematic universe, CW’s Arrow/Flash universe, CBS’s Supergirl universe and Fox’s Gotham universe, or if it will exist in an entirely new universe.