Luke Wilson Joins ‘Stargirl’ As Pat Dugan
DC Universe’s ‘Stargirl‘ adds another big name to its growing line up of characters as they announce Hollywood actor Luke Wilson will take the part of Pat Dugan.
‘Stargirl’ follows high school sophomore Courtney Whitmore (Brec Bassinger – ‘School of Rock’) who inspires an unlikely group of young heroes to stop the villains of the past. This new DC Universe series reimagines Stargirl and the very first superhero team, the Justice Society of America, in a fun, exciting and unpredictable series.
Luke Wilson is set to play Stargirl’s stepfather, Pat Dugan, a man who is no stranger to the superhero business himself. He originally was Stripesy, sidekick to The Star-Spangled Kid, and later, Starman. Whilst he is currently retired, when Courtney discovers Pat’s secret past and takes on the role for Stargirl, Pat is forced out of retirement to take up the sidekick job once again. This time he is working alongside Stargirl piloting a 15-foot robot called Stripe.
“When I first moved to Los Angeles in 1996 and saw Bottle Rocket, I became a huge fan and admirer of Luke’s, and I literally wrote this part for Luke, hoping that someday and somehow he’d play Pat Dugan,” commented executive producer Geoff Johns. “I only envisioned him. And now I feel like I won the lottery! Luke’s talent, humour, compassion – his presence and professionalism – and his creative collaboration, his ideas – we’re so lucky to have him alongside Brec in Stargirl.”
Luke is the youngest of the three Wilson acting siblings, along with his brothers Andrew and Owen. He is probably best known for his film roles in movies such as ‘The Royal Tennenbaums’, ‘Legally Blonde’, ‘Anchorman’ and ‘Old School’. He’s also starred in a number of tv series such as ‘Roadies’, ‘Enlightened’, and ‘That ’70s Show’.
Along with Whitmore, Wilson joins an already impressive line up of acting talent on ‘Stargirl’. JSA members include Joel McHale (‘Community’, ‘The Great Indoors’) who takes the role of Starman, Lou Ferrigno Jr. (‘S.W.A.T’) who will play Hourman, Brian Stapf (The Walking Dead’, ‘Valor’) as Wildcat, and Henry Thomas (‘The Haunting of Hill House’, ‘E.T.’) as Dr. Mid-Nite.
On the villain side, Joy Osmanski (‘Santa Clarita Diet’, ‘Devious Maids’) will play Tigress, whilst Neil Hopkins (‘Lost’, ‘The Good Wife’, ‘Code Black’) takes the role of Sportsmaster, with Nelson Lee (‘Ten Days in the Valley’, ‘Blade: The Series’) starring as Dragon King. Anjelika Washington (‘Runaways’, ‘Young Sheldon’) has also been cast in an as-yet-unnamed part.
‘Stargirl‘ will be released on DC Universe in the US on August 9th, 2019, but currently does not have a UK broadcaster. However, Netflix UK has picked up the ‘Titans’ series for broadcast over here in January 2019, so it would seem possible they may go for this too. We’ll let you know when we hear more.
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