The DC Universe’s Stargirl series has added some more star power to its cast in the form of Luke Wilson, who will play mechanic-turned-superhero Pat Dugan.
According to showrunner and creator Geoff Johns, who was writing for DC Comics in the late ‘90s, the Legally Blonde and The Royal Tenebaums actor was always in the writer’s mind for the role.
“When I first moved to Los Angeles in 1996 and saw Bottle Rocket, I became a huge fan and admirer of Luke’s,” Johns explained, “And I literally wrote this part for Luke, hoping that someday and somehow he’d play Pat Dugan. I only envisioned him. And now I feel like I won the lottery! Luke’s talent, humor, compassion — his presence and professionalism — and his creative collaboration, his ideas — we’re so lucky to have him alongside Brec in Stargirl.”
Stargirl follows Courtney Whitmore (Brec Bassinger), a sophomore in high school who’s struggling to adapt to new surroundings. But her life gets more exciting when she learns that her stepfather, Pat Dugan, was once Stripsey, sidekick of Starman. Courtney digs up the Cosmic Staff and begins to use it to fight evil as Stargirl. The series is being executive produced Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter, and character creator Geoff Johns, who based Courtney on his own sister, who died in a plane crash three year prior to Stargirl’s creation.
The official character description for Wilson’s role, reads: “Pat Dugan once went by the less-than-inspired superhero name of Stripesy, sidekick to a young hero known as the Star-Spangled-Kid and later Starman of the legendary Justice Society of America. Today, Pat has left his sidekick life behind him. But when his new step-daughter, Courtney Whitmore, discovers Pat’s secret past and takes on Starman’s legacy to become Stargirl, Pat is forced to come out of retirement and once again become a sidekick — to his step-daughter — this time piloting a 15-foot robot called Stripe.”
Stargirl is set to premiere on DC Universe this year.