Deadline is reporting that, in a shocking rebuke of Ron Richards' casting suggestions, FX and the producers of Powers are driving hard to the goal line to try to land former Friday Night Lights star Kyle Chandler to play Detective Christian Walker.
Deadline specifically mentions that casting Chandler is considered "a long shot" (just like the East Dillion Lions!), but that the current rewrite on the Powers pilot script is going to incorporate Chandler's notes. (The rewrite was going to happen anyway.) According to Deadline's source, Chandler is not going to make a decision either way on taking the role until he reads the next draft of the script.
It's clear that Powers wants Kyle Chandler but does he want Powers? We'll know shortly, I guess. When we talked to Powers co-creator Brian Michael Bendis in Chicago he said that pre-production on the pilot was moving rapidly and it is noted in the article that FX is eyeing Powers to debut in early 2012.
If Chandler does take the role, he will be joining other Friday Night Lights alumnus in the super hero realm — Adrianne Palicki (Tyra Collette) is currently playing Wonder Woman, Taylor Kitsch (Tim Riggins) (swoon) played Gambit in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, and Brea Grant (Jean Binnel) played Daphne Millbrook on Heroes.