NBC’s Powerless is getting more star power by the minute. The comedy, based in the super-powered world of DC Comics, focuses on the non-super characters populating an insurance agency. Earlier this week, Vanessa Hudgens signed on to play Emily Locke, the show’s lead character.
Now two names well-known in the nerd community have also joined the show: Alan Tudyk, from Firefly and Con Man, and Danny Pudi from NBC’s former show Community.
The two actors join a growing roster of talent behind the series, including actress Christina Kirk and writer/executive producer Ben Queen from the defunct NBC comedy A to Z.
Pudi will portray Teddy, Emily’s work BFF and self-appointed office prankster who tries to inject some fun into the workplace and make it a little less “unsuper.” Kirk takes the role of Jackie, a colleague besotted with superheroes in spite of the chaos they leave behind and newly promoted personal assistant to Del.
With the overwhelming success of Deadpool proving that audiences like a good laugh, NBC’s fresh and funny approach with Powerless may soar even if the characters don’t wear capes.