Leslie Mann has been cast as the lead on Amazon Prime Video’s TV series adaptation of “The Power,” the streamer announced Thursday.
The 10-episode show is based on Naomi Alderman’s 2016 novel of the same name. Alderman is serving as creator and executive producer on the Amazon adaptation, with Claire Wilson and Sarah Quintrell on as co-executive producer. An all-female writers room also includes Whit Anderson, Stacy Osei-Kuffour and novelist Rebecca Levene.
“The Power” takes place in a world where all teenage girls develop the power to electrocute people and then find out they can awaken this ability in older women. Mann will play the charming and ambitious politician Margot Cleary-Lopez in the series, which will be directed by Reed Morano.
Here is how Amazon describes Mann’s character:
Margot is an American politician on the rise and until now, not only a woman in a man’s world, but one with a questionable taste in jackets according to online trolls. Vital, charming and incredibly smart, Margot comes to see that power resides with strength rather than authority. As her career takes flight, it’s her husband Rob and daughter Jos who privately feel the effects of her success most keenly; for one of them, where previously there was conflict now comes a greater understanding, and for the other where there was love, comes hurt and betrayal.
“The Power” is produced by Sister and executive produced by Jane Featherstone, Naomi de Pear, Alderman and Morano. The series is produced by Tim Bricknell and is the latest U.K. produced Amazon Original series.
Mann currently stars in the Edward Norton-directed “Motherless Brooklyn,” which is based on the Jonathan Lethem novel. She is also set to star in “Blithe Spirit,” alongside Dan Stevens, Isla Fisher and Judi Dench.