Leslie Mann is taking on The Power. Amazon confirmed today that the actress will star in the 10-episode adaptation of Naomi Alderman’s award-winning novel. The Power takes place in an era where women develop an electrical current within their bodies, aiding their rise to power across the globe.
Mann will play Seattle mayor Margot Cleary-Lopez, a politician forced to contend with the aftermath “the power” when it affects her own family. Alderman is creator and executive producer of the show, while Reed Morano, who won an Emmy in 2017 for The Handmaid’s Tale, will direct the series, set to air on Amazon Prime at a to-be-announced date.
An official description of the plot, per a press release, reads:
“The world of The Power is our world, but for one twist of nature. Suddenly, and without warning, all teenage girls in the world develop the power to electrocute people at will. It’s hereditary, it’s inbuilt, and it can’t be taken away from them. Coming alive to the thrill of pure power: the ability to hurt or even kill by releasing electrical jolts from their fingertips, they rapidly learn they can awaken the Power in older women. Soon enough nearly every woman in the world can do it. And then everything is different.”
Characters yet to be cast include American cult leader Allie, British gang member Roxy, and Nigerian journalist Tunde.
The forthcoming project boasts a stacked, all-women writers’ room, including co-executive producer Claire Wilson (Rocks, Little Drummer Girl, Gangs of London), co-executive producer and story consultant Sarah Quintrell (Ellen, The Trial: A Murder in the Family), Whit Anderson (Ozark, Daredevil), Stacy Osei-Kuffour (Watchmen, PEN15) and writer Rebecca Levene (The Hollow Gods Trilogy).