Produced by Sister for Amazon Studios and directed by Reed Morano, The Power is adapted for screen by writer, creator and executive producer Naomi Alderman, who is working alongside an all-female writers’ room.
The Power will premiere globally on Amazon Prime Video in over 200 countries and territories.
Amazon Studios has today announced that Leslie Mann (The Other Woman / This Is 40) will star in the ten-part global thriller, The Power, based on award-winning Naomi Alderman’s international best-selling novel of the same name. Mann will play the charming and ambitious politician Margot Cleary-Lopez in the series.
Power is produced by Sister (Chernobyl, Giri/Haji, The Split)
and directed by Emmy award-winner Reed Morano (The Handmaid’s Tale), and
will premiere exclusively on
Amazon Prime Video in over 200 countries and territories.
The Power has been
adapted for screen by creator and Executive Producer Naomi Alderman, working with an incredible
line-up of all-female writers
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 novelist Rebecca Levene (The Hollow Gods Trilogy).
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.
subversive, multi-stranded narrative follows a series of characters including Allie, a vulnerable American foster kid who reinvents
herself as a faith leader; Roxy, the daughter of a London crime boss, who
revels in her new abilities; Tunde, a Nigerian journalist reporting on seismic
global change; and Margot Cleary – Lopez (Leslie Mann), Mayor of Seattle; loving wife and doting mother to three kids. At least
that’s what her official campaign website would tell you.
Margot is an American
politician on the rise and until now, not only a woman in a man’s world, but one with a questionable taste in jackets
according to online trolls. Vital, charming and incredibly smart, Margot comes to see
that power resides with strength rather than authority. As her career takes flight, it’s her husband Rob
and daughter Jos who privately feel the effects of her success most keenly; for
one of them, where previously there was conflict now comes a greater
understanding, and for the other where there was love, comes hurt and betrayal.
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?
Naomi Alderman’s novel, The Power, was included in President Barack Obama’s list of
his favourite books from 2017 and went on to win the 2017 Bailey’s Women’s
Prize for Fiction as well as being longlisted for the 2017 Orwell Prize.
Already translated into more than twenty-five
languages, The Power has found global appeal across the world.
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, and Reed Morano (The Handmaid’s Tale).
The series is produced by Tim Bricknell (Trust, Taboo) and is the latest
UK produced Amazon Original series.