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NBC's DC Comics Comedy 'Powerless' Adds Danny Pudi, Alan Tudyk
NBC's DC Comics comedy pilot Powerless is rounding out its cast.
Community grad Danny Pudi, Suburgatory alum Alan Tudyk and A to Z's Christina Kirk have boarded the comedy starring Vanessa Hudgens, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
The single-camera workplace comedy is set at one of the worst insurance companies in America — with the twist being that it also takes place in the universe of DC Comics. The project is about the reality of working life for a normal, powerless person in a world of superheroes and villains.
Hudgens stars as Emily Locke, an insurance claims adjuster who finds herself increasingly exasperated by the disruptive antics of the various superheroes that proliferate in her city.
Tudyk (Zootopia, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) is set to play Del, Emily's new boss in the claims department. Del has just been promoted — not through any merit of his own, but because he’s the owner’s son. A self-proclaimed “rich, overeducated globetrotting wastrel,” Del is a power-mad disastrous dictator of a boss.
Pudi, who last season starred in NBC pilot Strange Calls, will play Teddy, Emily's best friend at work and her trusted confidante. He spends his days creating time-wasting pranks as a way to make their office, the "least super place on earth," just a little less "unsuper." The casting brings the actor back to NBC, where Community started its run before wrapping up at Yahoo.
Kirk, who will reunite with A to Z writer/executive producer Ben Queen on Powerless, will portray Jackie. A fan of superheroes, Jackie has plastered her office cubicle with beefcake shots of super guys. New claims department boss Del makes Jackie his personal assistant, and she begins buckling under his unreasonable and impossible demands.
Powerless is being written by Queen (A to Z), who will executive produce alongside Michael Patrick Jann, with the latter set to direct the pilot.
Tudyk is repped by UTA and Coronel Group; Pudi is with UTA, Velocity Entertainment and Bruce Gellman; and Kirk is with the Kohner Agency and Circle of Confusion.
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