Lucy Punch Joins FX’s ‘Powers’

The "Dinner for Schmucks" actress will play the female lead, Deena Pilgrim in the upcoming adaptation.

Blair Marnellby Blair Marnell

After nearly ten years in development as a film and a TV series, "Powers" has finally found its leading lady.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Lucy Punch has been cast as Detective Deena Pilgrim in the adaptation of Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oemning's comic book series, "Powers." In the series, Deena is the partner of the currently uncast, Detective Christian Walker, a former superhero who investigates superhuman related crimes and homicides.

Punch's casting is somewhat surprising given that most of her background is in comedy. In the U.S., Punch is perhaps best known for her appearances in "Hot Fuzz," "Dinner For Schmucks" and the upcoming "Bad Teacher." However, she also starred in the short-lived CBS series "The Class" and she played Detective Inspector Kate Bishop (pictured above).on BBC Two's cop dramady "Vexed."

Charles S. Dutton ("Roc") has previously agreed to portray the police department head, Captain Cross; while Bailee Madison was recently signed to play a pivotal role as a young girl named Calista.

Charles H. Eglee ("The Walking Dead") wrote the pilot episode of "Powers" and he is also serving as the showrunner and an executive producer. Michael Dinner ("Justified") is slated to direct the pilot; which Bendis recently indicated will be filming soon.

"We're filming in just a few weeks," Bendis told Newsarama. "Our cast is being locked down. Literally, the deals are being closed as we speak — some really surprising names."

"It's very, very exciting," continued Bendis. "We're designing, we have costumes, we have sets. It's really underway. It's not one of those bulls*** announcements you'll have to sit through all the time, trying to figure out if it's real."

While "Powers" has not been officially picked up to series, it is highly expected to debut on FX early next year.