After playing a surgeon on TV for nearly 10 years, Donald Faison is trying his hand at playing a scientist. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Faison has joined The CW’s live-action Powerpuff Girls pilot as Professor Drake Utonium.
On the original Cartoon Network series, Professor Utonium created the titular heroes by mixing sugar, spice, and everything nice with a heaping dose of Chemical X. He subsequently acted as a father figure to the girls throughout the show’s six-year run. But this new take on the property, which re-imagines the girls as young adults in their 20s, finds Utonium estranged from his surrogate children. According to his character description, Faison’s Utonium is a “quirky, debonair and narcissistic scientific genius who is immensely proud of the three extraordinary girls he created in his lab. Staring down a midlife crisis, he is determined to repair his relationships with his now-adult daughters.”
Written by Diablo Cody and Heather Regnier and directed by Maggie Kiley based on the original Cartoon Network animated series created by Craig McCracken, Powerpuff (fka The Powerpuff Girls) follows Blossom (Chloe Bennet), Bubbles (Dove Cameron) and Buttercup (Yana Perreault), who used to be America’s pint-sized superheroes. Now they’re disillusioned twentysomethings who resent having lost their childhood to crimefighting.