John Hawkes (Lost, Eastbound & Down) is in negotiations to play the lead in half-hour Amazon comedy pilot The Legend of Master Legend, directed by The Spectacular Now helmer James Ponsoldt.

Written by Micah Fitzerman-Blue & Noah Harpster based on Joshuah Bearman’s Rolling Stone article about real-life superheroes, the project centers on Master Legend (Hawkes), a man who tries to defend justice and defeat wrongdoers on the Las Vegas Strip. Fitzerman-Blue and Harpster are executive producing with Bearman. Shooting begins next month.

Oscar-nominated Winter’s Bone actor Hawkes is with Innovative and Thruline.