Luke Wilson joins DC Universe’s Stargirl from Geoff Johns


In a casting coup for DC Universe, Luke Wilson has joined the cast of the upcoming series Stargirl, from creator and executive producer Geoff Johns.

Wilson has enjoyed a successful movie career in hit films like The Royal Tenenbaums, Old School, and Legally Blonde. Deadline reports that on Stargirl he will play retired superhero Pat Dugan, who must take up the mantle once again when his step-daughter, Courtney Whitmore, discovers his past and picks up where he left off. A former frequent superhero sidekick, Pat will now play sidekick to his step-daughter as she takes on the role of Stargirl — all while piloting Stripe, a 15-foot-robot he designed and built.

Wilson stars opposite Brec Bassinger (Nickolodeon’s Bella & the Bulldogs) who was already cast in the title role of Courtney Whitmore/Stargirl. Courtney is a high school sophomore who inherits a cosmic device that turns her into a superhero. She will work to assemble the Justice Society of America, the first team of superheroes.

Geoff Johns, who created Stargirl in the 1990s for DC Comics, will serve as showrunner for the series and wrote its first episode. He was elated when discussing Wilson’s casting, saying,

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"“When I first moved to Los Angeles in 1996 and saw Bottle Rocket, I became a huge fan and admirer of Luke’s. And I literally wrote this part for Luke, hoping that someday and somehow he’d play Pat Dugan. I only envisioned him. And now I feel like I won the lottery! Luke’s talent, humor, compassion — his presence and professionalism — and his creative collaboration, his ideas — we’re so lucky to have him alongside Brec in Stargirl.”"

Several other actors have been cast in addition to Wilson and Bassinger, including Lou Ferrigno Jr. (S.W.A.T.) as Rex Tyler/Hourman, Brian Stapf (The Walking Dead) as Ted Grant/Wildcat, Henry Thomas (The Haunting of Hill House) as Charles McNider/Dr. Mid-Nite, and Anjelika Washington (Young Sheldon) in an unannounced role.

In addition to Johns, Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter, and Melissa Carter will executive produce. The inclusion of Schechter and especially Berlanti is no surprise, as the pair have executive produced many DC shows, including the four Arrowverse series currently running on the CW.

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Although Wilson’s star wattage has cooled since his heyday in the early 2000s, he has continued to work steadily appearing in all kinds of TV and film projects. Fans of Stargirl will trust creator Johns’ vision for the project and if his vision includes Wilson, it is likely the actor will bring something unique and important to his role.

No word yet on a release date for the series but it will happen sometime in 2019.

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