Actor Luke Wilson (Old School, The Royal Tenebaums) is getting ready to earn his “stripes,” joining the cast of the upcoming live-action Stargirl series from DC Universe. With the series set to premiere later this year, Wilson has been tapped to play mechanic-turned-superhero Pat Dugan, who pilots Stripe, a hulking 15-foot robot of his own creation.
Wilson’s Pat Dugan once went by the less-than-inspired superhero name of Stripesy, sidekick to a young hero known as the Star-Spangled-Kid and later Starman of the legendary Justice Society of America. Today, Pat has left his sidekick life behind him. But when his new step-daughter, Courtney Whitmore (Brec Bassinger), discovers Pat’s secret past and takes on Starman’s legacy to become Stargirl, Pat is forced to come out of retirement and once again become a sidekick — to his step-daughter — this time piloting a 15-foot robot called Stripe.
Wilson joins Bassinger, Joel McHale (Sylvester Pemberton aka Starman), Lou Ferrigno Jr. (Rex Tyler aka Hourman), Brian Stapf (Ted Grant aka Wildcat), Henry Thomas (Dr. Charles McNider aka Dr. Mid-Nite), Joy Osmanski (Paula Brooks aka Tigress), Neil Hopkins (Lawrence “Crusher” Crock aka the Sportsmaster), and Nelson Lee (Dragon King). Anjelika Washington (Young Sheldon), Yvette Monreal (The Fosters, Faking It), and Christopher James Baker (True Detective) are also on board, in undisclosed roles.
STARGIRL follows High School sophomore Courtney Whitmore who inspires an unlikely group of young heroes to stop the villains of the past. This new DC Universe series reimagines Stargirl and the very first superhero team, the Justice Society of America, in a fun, exciting and unpredictable series premiering in 2019, produced by Warner Bros. Television, Mad Ghost Productions and Berlanti Productions.
Greg Berlanti, Geoff Johns, and Sarah Schechter will executive produce the streaming service project, based on DC comic book characters created by Johns. In fact, he created the character Stargirl in 1999 to honor his late sister – and even had Wilson in mind when he first wrote the character:
“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.”
Johns will write the season premiere and serve as series showrunner, which is produced by Berlanti Prods. and Mad Ghost Prods. in association with Warner Bros. Television.
Here’s what Johns had to say about what fans can expect from the upcoming series:
“It’s cool; it’s going to take the Stars and STRIPE comic, the Justice Society comic, and merge it into one thing. And tonally, it’s Spider-Man: Homecoming and Buffy the Vampire Slayer along with the [comic] books. We’re bringing a lot of the legacy stuff into it, a lot of the stuff James Robinson did with the Justice Society. I love all of that, his JSA: The Golden Age series, launching the [1999 series] JSA… I’ve always wanted to do a series based on Stars and STRIPE, so it’s really exciting.”