EMMY AWARD-WINNING CASTING DIRECTORS NINA GOLD (GAME OF THRONES) AND CARMEN CUBA (STRANGER THINGS) BRING TOGETHER THE NEXT GENERATION OF STARS WITH AN EXCITING INTERNATIONAL LINE-UP OF NEW AND EMERGING TALENT JOHN LEGUIZAMO, TOHEEB JIMOH, RIA ZMITROWICZ, HALLE BUSH, HEATHER AGYEPONG, NICO HIRAGA AND DANIELA VEGA ARE AMONGST THE ENSEMBLE CAST, JOINING THE PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED LESLIE MANN AND AULI’I CRAVALHO, IN A MULTINATIONAL CAST FOR THE 10-PART GLOBAL SERIES PRODUCED BY SISTER
Amazon Studios has today announced further
casting for The Power, an urgent 10-part global thriller based on the
international bestselling novel of the same name, produced by Sister (Chernobyl,
Giri/Haji, The Split) for Amazon Studios with Emmy Award-winning executive
producer and director Reed Morano (The Handmaid’s Tale). The Power is adapted for screen by
writer, creator and executive producer Naomi Alderman, who is working alongside
an all-female writers’ room, with every
episode also to be directed by women.
The international ensemble has been brought
together by the award-winning casting directors Nina Gold and Carmen Cuba, who
have been responsible for casting some of the world’s biggest series, including
Game of Thrones and Stranger Things.
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
Auli’i Cravalho (Moana, The Little Mermaid Live, Rise) plays Jos Cleary-Lopez, daughter of
Margot Cleary-Lopez (Leslie Mann). She’s curious, judicious and observant like
her mother, but the two find themselves at odds. At first she is fearful of her
Power, thinking there is something very wrong with her. But this fear soon gives
way to dismay when she finds herself unable to control her Power in the same
way everyone else seems able to.
John Leguizamo (When They See Us, John Wick, Romeo + Juliet)
plays Rob, Margot’s partner, a wonderful and supportive father, but he is
struggling as a husband. He’s always been a point of stability and support to
his wife and kids, quick to make them laugh, but recently his marriage has
cooled. But when the seismic changes caused by The Power impacts the unity of
the family he loves, Rob is fearful for their safety but surprised by its effect
on his wife and marriage.
Toheeb Jimoh (French Dispatch, The Feed,
Ted Lasso) plays Tunde, a young and charming Nigerian with big dreams. An
aspiring video journalist, Tunde finds himself catapulted into the
international spotlight when his video capturing the effects of the Power is posted
to his YouTube channel and goes viral. Suddenly the world takes notice of the
change that’s happening, and Tunde determines to investigate the phenomenon, reporting
from the heart of events as they spread across the globe.
Ria Zmitrowicz (Three
Girls, Mr Selfridge) plays Roxy Monke, illegitimate teenage daughter
of feared London crime boss Bernie Monke. Her dad loves her, but won’t let her
join the family business, no matter how many times she asks. Frustrated by
her lowly position in the predominately male family hierarchy, Roxy is
determined to prove that she is far more capable than her brother. When
she gets her Power, and as she slowly realises its new unbridled strength, she
takes matters into her own hands sparking a chain of events which
spiral quickly out of control.
Newcomer Halle Bush plays Allie. Given up by
her birth parents early in her life, she’s been moved from home to group home
to failed adoption to yet more fostering, never spending more than a year in
one place. She’s only ever had herself to rely on, especially in her current
abusive foster home. So when her Power awakens she takes the first opportunity
to escape, embarking on a journey across the US which leads to revelation and
Also joining the cast are; Nico Hiraga (Booksmart,
Ballers, Moxie, North Hollywood) as Ryan, who provides comfort to Jos when she
feels most isolated; Heather Agyepong (Noughts and Crosses, Girls – both
for theatre) as Ndudi, Tunde’s close friend whose own first-hand experience of
the Power on the Day of the Girls serves as catalyst for their investigations into
the phenomenon; and Daniela Vega (A Fantastic Woman, Tales of the City)
as Sister Maria, a support to Allie when she needs it most.
Over the first season, the series will follow its cast of remarkable
characters from London to Seattle, Nigeria to Moldova, as the Power evolves
from a tingle in teenagers’ collarbones to a complete reversal of the power
balance of the world. The Day of the Girls has arrived – but where will it end?
Ugla Hauskdóttir (Hanna,
production as director for two episodes, alongside Shannon Murphy (Killing
Eve, Babyteeth) who also joins as director for two episodes.
The Power is produced by Sister and executive produced by Jane Featherstone (Chernobyl,
Giri/Haji, The Split), Naomi de Pear (Don’t Forget the Driver,
The Bisexual, Flowers), Naomi Alderman, Reed Morano (The Handmaid’s
Tale) and Claire Wilson (Rocks, Little Drummer Girl, Gangs of London). The series is produced by Tim Bricknell (Trust,
Taboo) and is the latest UK produced Amazon Original series.
The series goes into production in February