Jason Patric to star in Chicago-filmed FX pilot, 'Powers'

Jason Patric will play the lead role in FX's pilot for "Powers." (Getty Images)

Chicago has attracted another high-profile TV project. Sony Pictures Television and FX Productions will begin filming "Powers" here in July, FX announced Wednesday.

Jason Patric will star in the FX drama pilot based on the award-winning comic and graphic novel series by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming.

Patric will play Christian Walker, a homicide detective devoted solely to cases that involve "powers," or people with superpowers.

"We've been asked repeatedly why it has taken so long to bring our series adaptation of Powers to fruition. It is for the same reason we cast Jason Patric in this role; we are aiming for something extraordinary," said John Landgraf, president and general manager of FX Networks. "The lead role of Detective Christian Walker is an extremely layered character, and we needed Jason, who was so brilliant in films like Narc and Rush, to bring him fully to life. He is pitch perfect for this role and we are honored that he chose FX for his first foray into episodic television."

The "Powers" pilot joins other series that film fully or partly in Chicago, including NBC's fall drama "The Playboy Club," Showtime's "Shameless" and Starz' new drama with Kelsey Grammer, "Boss."

Here's more on the story of "Powers" from FX:

"Powers" is a high concept crime procedural where the detectives police the brutal and sensational crimes surrounding super power beings, while illuminating the weaknesses and strengths of humanity in the process. Powers follows the life of Christian Walker (Patric), a homicide detective devoted solely to cases that involve "powers." The pilot also stars Lucy Punch ("Bad Teacher") as Deena Pilgrim, Walker's partner; Charles S. Dutton ("Roc") as Walker's indefatigable boss, Captain Cross; and Bailee Madison ("Just Go With It") as Calista, an acerbic 10-year-old girl drawn into Walker's life.

The pilot was written by Charles H. Eglee ("The Shield," "Dexter," "The Walking Dead') and will be directed by Michael Dinner ("Sons of Anarchy," "Justified"). Eglee and Dinner serve as executive producers along with Bendis, Oeming and David Engel.