Jupiter’s Legacy is starting to take shape over at Netflix, which has just announced the crew and main cast of the TV series adapting Mark Millar’s comic book series, which puts an alternate-universe twist on superhero tropes.
When Netflix acquired the Millarworld publishing brand back in July 2018 from its eponymous prolific Scottish comic book writer, we knew that the streaming giant had grand designs to create its own self-contained branding of comic book movies and televisions shows.
Indeed, Jupiter’s Legacy was one of the announced projects, on which Netflix is now moving forward under the purview of a serious showrunner in Steven S. DeKnight (Daredevil, Spartacus and Buffy The Vampire Slayer), who will serve as executive producer with Millar and the comic’s artist, Frank Quitely, along with Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Dan McDermott. DeKnight also will write and direct the pilot.
Jupiter’s Legacy cast
Josh Duhamel (Transformers, Transformers: The Last Knight) is Sheldon Sampson/The Utopian. Per the description, “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.”
Ben Daniels (The Crown, The Exorcist, Flesh And Bone) is Walter Sampson/Brain-Wave, Sheldon’s older brother, described as, “Sheldon’s older brother. A man of vast intellect and cunning who, unlike Sheldon, isn’t afraid to get his hands dirty. Or bloody.”
Leslie Bibb (Tag, GCB, Iron Man) as Grace Sampson/Lady Liberty, described as, “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.”
Elena Kampouris (Sacred Lies, upcoming Shoplifters Of The World and Summer Night) is Chloe Sampson, Grace and Sheldon’s daughter, described as “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.”
Andrew Horton (Doctors, How To Talk To Girls at Parties) is Brandon Sampon, described as “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.”
Mike Wade (Timeless, NCIS, For The People) will play Fitz Small, described as “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.”
Matt Lanter (Timeless, Pitch Perfect 3, 90210) is George Hutchence (Skyfox), described as “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.”
Netflix is also promising subsequent announcements of additional cast members.
Jupiter’s Legacy story
Jupiter’s Legacy is based on the Image Comics title of the same name, written by Mark Millar with art from Frank Quitely. Per the official description:
“Jupiter’s Legacy 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.”
The comic, which launched back in 2013, has been on the entertainment industry’s developmental backlog for a few years now. At one point in 2016, a feature film appeared to be in the works – obviously until it wasn’t.
Jupiter’s Legacy release date
Jupiter’s Legacy has yet to reveal a production or release date. However, with the cast/crew reveal announcement, one must think that production is set to commence soon enough.