Hulk and Deadpool stars are among the actors being considered to headline Netflix's forthcoming adaptation of Mark Millar and Frank Quitely's Jupiter's Legacy.
According to a new report from That Hashtag Show, the streaming giant are eyeing Eric Bana and Pablo Schreiber to play Sheldon and Walter Sampson (Utopian and Brainwave), while Morena Baccarin and Carrie Coon are being considered for the role of Grace, Sheldon's wife and the mother of Paragon.
The series, which centers on the children of beloved superheroes struggling to live up to their parents' reputations, is expected to begin filming in early 2019, so fans can likely expect to start seeing some firm casting information coming out soon.
The Jupiter's Legacy television series is part of the slate of new content being created based on the comic book works of Mark Millar after Netflix purchased Millar's comic book company, Millarworld. Here's the synopsis for the series:
"A multi-generational American superhero epic, Jupiter's Legacy follows the world's first generation of superheroes who received their powers in the 1930's. In present day they are the revered elder guard, but their superpowered children struggle to live up to the legendary feats of their parents. Steven S. DeKnight (Marvel's Daredevil, Spartacus, Buffy the Vampire Slayer), who recently signed an overall deal with Netflix, will serve as showrunner and executive producer, with Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Dan McDermott also serving as executive producers for the series. DeKnight will also direct the first episode."
Millar and Quitely launched Jupiter's Legacy in 2013. The comic book so far spans two core limited series and a prequel limited series titled Jupiter's Circle, which featured art by a variety of artists. The story is a post-modern take on superheroes that creates an entirely new set of heroes in the archetypes popular during the Golden Age of Comics and uses their lives and those of their children to examine the connection between superheroes and the ideals of America.
The series is primarily focused on a family of superheroes that begin with Sheldon Sampson, the Utopian, and Walter Sampson, Brainwave. Skyfox, who has some enhanced abilities but otherwise fits into the Batman archetype, was a friend of the Sampsons during their early superhero days but had a falling out with them, something that is explored more thoroughly in the Jupiter's Circle prequel.
Are you excited about the Jupiter's Legacy TV series on Netflix? Let us know in the comments.
Jupiter's Legacy currently does not have a firm release window from Netflix.