Leslie Mann is taking on The Power. Amazon confirmed that the actress will star in the 10-episode adaptation of Naomi Alderman’s award-winning novel. The Power takes place in an era where women develop an electrical current within their bodies, aiding their rise to power across the globe. Below, everything we know about the feminist sci-fi series.
An ensemble cast for the project has been set.
Coming off her starring role in ABC’s The Little Mermaid Live!, Auli’i Cravalho will join Mann on the show, per Deadline. Cravalho will play Jos, the daughter of Mann’s Seattle mayor Margot Cleary-Lopez, a politician forced to contend with the aftermath of “the power” when it affects her own family.
The Office alum Rainn Wilson will play Daniel Dandon in the show, according to Variety. The character is described as “the self-righteous and self-important Governor of Washington and constant thorn in Margot’s side. But when the Day of the Girls arrives, Dandon’s position begins to look decidedly precarious.”
During the Television Critics Association press tour in January, Amazon Studios head Jennifer Salke confirmed seven series casting additions, as reported by The Wrap. John Leguizamo (When They See Us) will play Rob, Margot’s husband and Jos’ father. His character is described as “a point of stability and support” for his family although “recently his marriage has cooled.”
Joining Leguizamo is Toheeb Jimoh (French Dispatch) as Tunde, a Nigerian journalist who captures the effects of the Power in a viral video. Ria Zmitrowicz (Mr. Selfridge) plays Roxy Monke, a British gang member daughter of London crime boss Bernie Monke who finds inner strength with the Power. Halle Bush plays American cult leader Allie, who has only been able to rely on herself amidst a life in the foster care system.
Other cast members include Nico Hiraga (Booksmart) as Ryan, who provides comfort to Jos; Heather Agyepong as Ndudi, Tunde’s friend; and Daniela Vega (Tales of the City) as Sister Maria, a supportive shoulder for Allie.
Women creatives are involved at the highest levels of the project.
The creative team for The Power is filled with female voices. Alderman is creator and executive producer of the show, while Reed Morano, who won an Emmy in 2017 for The Handmaid’s Tale, will direct the series, set to air on Amazon Prime at a to-be-announced date.
The forthcoming project boasts a stacked, all-women writers’ room, including co-executive producer Claire Wilson (Rocks, Little Drummer Girl, Gangs of London), co-executive producer and story consultant Sarah Quintrell (Ellen, The Trial: A Murder in the Family), Whit Anderson (Ozark, Daredevil), Stacy Osei-Kuffour (Watchmen, PEN15) and writer Rebecca Levene (The Hollow Gods Trilogy).
The show tells a supernatural story centered around women.
An official description of the plot, per an Amazon press release, reads:
The world of The Power is our world, but for one twist of nature. Suddenly, and without warning, all teenage girls in the world develop the power to electrocute people at will. It’s hereditary, it’s inbuilt, and it can’t be taken away from them. Coming alive to the thrill of pure power: The ability to hurt or even kill by releasing electrical jolts from their fingertips, they rapidly learn they can awaken the Power in older women. Soon enough nearly every woman in the world can do it. And then everything is different.