As revealed via Deadline, Old School’s Luke Wilson has joined DC Universe’s Stargirl as the titular stars new stepfather, Pat Dugan. The live-action series is expected to debut on the streaming platform in late August 2019.
Created by Jerry Siegel and Hal Sherman, Dugan first appeared in Action Comics #40. In comics, Dugan was formerly the sidekick “Stripesy” to Star-Spangled Kid, before building a robotic suit entitled S.T.R.I.P.E. to accompany and protect Stargirl.
“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 stepdaughter, 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 stepdaughter – this time piloting a 15-foot robot called Stripe,” reads the official description for Dugan.
“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. 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 Executive Producer Geoff Johns said in a statement.
DC Universe’s Stargirl also stars Brec Bassinger as Courtney Whitmore (Stargirl), Joel McHale as Sylvester Pemberton (Starman), Brian Stapf as Ted Grant (Wildcat), Lou Ferringo Jr. as Rex Tyler (Hourman), with Anjelika Washington, Yvette Monreal, and Christopher James Baker in undisclosed roles.