Announced today by Deadline and DC Comics, actor Luke Wilson has joined the cast of Stargirl! And he’s playing a pretty important role. He’ll be starring alongside Brec Bassinger as Courtney Whitmore’s step-father Pat Dugan. That name may sound familiar as he was a mechanic-turned-superhero sidekick. This is pretty exciting casting!
Thanks to DC, we have an official description of the character that gives us a better look at what to expect. “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.” This coincides with his comic book introduction in which Stripe (along with Stargirl) were established in the first 14 issues of Stargirl and S.T.R.I.P.E.
The casting of Wilson is not only exciting for fans of the actor, but to the creator and executive producer Geoff Johns. “When I first moved to Los Angeles in 1996 and saw Bottle Rocket, I became a huge fan and admirer of Luke’s,” Johns said. “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.” How lucky that Wilson said yes to the role.
Wilson joins not only Bassinger and Joel McHale, but a few other Golden Age JSA members that were cast as well. Lou Ferrigno Jr. will be playing Rex Tyler/Hourman, Brian Stapf as Ted Grant/Wildcat and Henry Thomas as Charles McNider/Doctor Mid-Nite. Anjelika Washington has also been cast but in an unnamed role – we’ll have to keep our eyes peeled on that! I’m very much looking forward to seeing how they incorporate the Golden Age storyline with the present day reforming of the JSA with Stargirl at the center. Not only that but Stripe! How is that robot gonna look? We don’t have to wait too long as the show will debut sometime later this year on DC’s exclusive streaming service DC Universe.
What do you think of the casting? Are you looking forward to the series? Let us know! Be sure to come back to Geek Girl Authority for more news from the DC Universe!
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