Netflix has set its lead cast for Jupiter’s Legacy, the superhero epic series from Steven S. DeKnight (Marvel’s Daredevil) based on the stories by Mark Millar. Josh Duhamel (Transformers), Ben Daniels (The Crown), Leslie Bibb (Tag), Elena Kampouris (Sacred Lies\) and Andrew Horton (How to Talk to Girls at Parties) are set to star. Also cast are Timeless star Matt Lanter and Mike Wade (For the People).
Jupiter’s Legacy is among the first slate of series and movies based on the stories of Millar and based on the graphic novels of the same name by Millar and artist Frank Quitely.
The series follows the world’s first generation of superheroes who received their powers in the 1930s. Now, in present day, they are the revered elder guard, but their superpowered children struggle to live up to the legendary feats of their parents.
Duhamel plays Sheldon Sampson (The Utopian), the storied leader of the superhero team The Union. But times have changed, and he doesn’t understand the world we live in anymore. Or his own family.
Daniels is Walter Sampson (Brain-Wave), Sheldon’s older brother. A man of vast intellect and cunning who, unlike Sheldon, isn’t afraid to get his hands dirty. Or bloody.
Bibb portrays Grace Sampson (Lady Liberty), Sheldon’s wife and one of the most powerful heroes on the planet. She doesn’t always agree with Sheldon, but strives to balance his ideals with the reality of the modern, often violent, world they live in.
Kampouris is Chloe Sampson, Grace and Sheldon’s daughter. Rejecting everything her parents stand for, Chloe has forged her own hedonistic path far away from them. A path that threatens to go against everything her parents have sworn to protect.
Horton plays Brandon Sampson, Grace and Sheldon’s son. In training to assume the mantle of The Utopian and become the new leader of The Union, he struggles to live up to his father’s mythic legend.
Wade is Fitz Small, (The Flare), the heart and soul of The Union. Despite suffering injuries that ended his career as a superhero, he continues to be one of the most valued members of the team. And is often the only thing holding them together in the face of an increasingly hostile world.
Lanter portrays George Hutchence (Skyfox), Sheldon Sampson’s closest friend and ally before turning against him and the rest of his teammates in The Union. Now considered the greatest supervillain in the world, George plots his revenge on the teammates he believes betrayed him.
DeKnightm who wrote and will direct the first episode, serves as showrunner and executive producer, with Millar, Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Dan McDermott, and Quitely, also serving as executive producers for the series.
The Millar deal, inked last July, marks Netflix’s biggest multiple-project order since the streaming giant inked the original Marvel deal for four series and a limited series. As part of the pact, Netflix also ordered American Jesus, a multi-lingual series that follows a twelve-year-old boy who suddenly discovers he’s returned as Jesus Christ; and three films, Empress, Huck and Sharkey The Bounty Hunter.
Duhamel and Bibb are repped by ICM Partners and John Carrabino Management. Daniels is with Gersh and Hamilton Hodell. Horton is repped by CAM in the UK and Authentic Talent and Literary Management. Kampouris is repped by ICM Partners and Fourward. Lanter is repped by UTA and Emerald Talent Group. Wade is repped by Greene & Associates Talent Agency and Joanne Horowitz Management.