Vanessa Hudgens to Star in DC Comics Comedy Pilot ‘Powerless’ at NBC

Vanessa Hudgens Powerless DC Comics
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Vanessa Hudgens has been cast in NBC’s DC Comics comedy pilot “Powerless,” Variety has learned. The starring role is Hudgens’ first gig after “Grease Live,” for which she received rave reviews.

Based on characters from the DC universe, “Powerless” is a workplace comedy 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 show is about the reality of working life for a normal, powerless person in a world of superheroes and villains.

Hudgens will play Emily Locke, an insurance claims adjuster who loves her job because she gets to help people. The character likes to fly under the radar and just get her work done, and she finds herself increasingly exasperated by the disruptive antics of the various superheroes that proliferate in her city.

The role marks Hudgens’ first regular role on a TV series. The triple-threat rose to worldwide fame on Disney Channel’s “High School Musical,” which spawned two sequels, including a theatrical release. Most recently, she stunningly played Rizzo on Fox’s live “Grease” TV musical, and was touted as the star of the show, despite her father passing away just hours before the broadcast. Her film credits include “Spring Breakers,” alongside James Franco; “Machete Kills”; and “Sucker Punch.” She is repped by CAA.

“Powerless” hails from Warner Bros. Television, and marks the latest DC project to make its way to television, following the CW’s “Arrow,” “The Flash,” “Legends of Tomorrow” and “iZombie” from DC’s Vertigo imprint, Fox’s “Gotham” and “Supergirl” on CBS. Should the pilot go to series, it would be the only DC comedy on television.

The single-cam, half-hour comedy was penned by Ben Queen, who will exec produce. Michael Patrick Jann will direct the ensemble pilot.

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  1. Jim says:

    So which one is coming out first….this or Marvel’s Damage Control show? Basically the same concept.

  2. Duke says:

    This might be considered off topic, and therefore deleted, but I submit that it goes to establish character. At a “Young Hollywood Awards” after party, at the Roosevelt Hotel, Vanessa Hudgens, who was NOT of legal drinking age at the time, requested a cocktail from a server (my friend and co-worker). When this server (who was also clearly pregnant at the time) refused to serve Miss Hudgens alcohol, the actress replied and I quote, “You better get me a drink or I’ll have you fired.” She may not have been old enough to drink, but she was damn well old enough to know that threatening someone’s employment (a pregnant woman no less) for such a reason was wrong, yet she did it anyway and with despicable conviction

  3. Kate says:

    You forgot about Lucifer

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