The Power on Amazon Prime Video – was it based on the book? Who stars in it? When is it on TV? All you need to know

Naomi Alderman's bestselling dystopian novel The Power has been adapted for television starring Leslie Mann. Here’s what it’s all about and how you can watch it.

By Katie Archer Published: 6 April 2021 - 5.37pm
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The Power has been top of everyone’s reading list – including Barack Obama’s – since it was published in 2016, and now the science fiction tale is coming to TV with an international cast.

British author Naomi Alderman’s bestselling novel about a huge global power shift that sees women able to electrocute people with a touch of their fingertips has sparked a much-anticipated series for Amazon Prime Video.

Here’s all you need to know about how you can watch it, who will star in it and what The Power is about.

What is The Power?

Naomi Alderman holding The Power Amazon Prime Video

What if a genetic mutation left women with the power to electrocute people at will? Would it signal the dawn of a much-needed shift in control, or spark a reign of terror?

Naomi Alderman's science fiction novel The Power, published in 2016, became a global bestseller, winning the 2017 Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction and even making it onto former US President Barack Obama’s list of favourite books in the same year.

It’s perfect material for a TV adaptation and now Amazon Prime Video are set to bring the dystopian tale to the small screen.

The Power is set in a world much the same as ours, except for one twist of nature – suddenly, all teenage girls across the globe develop the ability to electrocute people through their fingertips thanks to an in-built, hereditary power that can’t be taken away from them.

Before long, they realise that they can awaken the ability in older women, too, heralding a new age of control that puts women in charge and enables them to hurt or even kill.

Overnight, everything is different as women become dominant and men are left fearful of teenage girls, with boys put into single-sex schools for their own protection.

Mayor of Seattle Margot Cleary-Lopez, a charming and quick-witted politician, wife and mother-of-three who has been on the rise in a man’s world, is the lead character in the TV adaptation.

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She has been all too aware that real power comes from strength rather than authority, having been the victim of online trolling for trivial details such as her fashion choices no matter how hard she works in her career.

Outwardly, she’s a loving and devoted wife and mother, but when her power is awakened, her husband Rob and daughter Jos begin to keenly feel the effects of her success – one of them finding they understand her better, and the other one suffering hurt and betrayal.

Series 1 will also follow a host of other newly empowered women across the world, including Allie, a vulnerable American foster kid who reinvents herself as a faith leader, and Roxy, the daughter of a London crime boss.

What starts as a tingle in the collarbones of teenage girls fast develops into The Day of the Girls, a complete reversal of the power balance in every country. But where will it end?

Who stars in The Power?

Leslie Mann (The Other Woman, Knocked Up, This Is 40) stars as politician Margot Cleary-Lopez.

She will be joined by Auli’I Cravalho (Moana) as her daughter Jos, and John Leguizamo (When They See Us) as her husband Rob.

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Rob Delaney (Catastrophe) and Alice Eve (Before We Go) play news anchors covering the story and Toheeb Jimoh (French Dispatch) plays Nigerian video journalist Tunde who is reporting on the seismic change.

Ria Zmitrowicz (Three Girls) is the daughter of a London crime boss Roxy Monke, and TV newcomer Halle Bush is faith leader Allie.

The Monke family also includes Eddie Marsan (Ray Donovan) as crime boss Bernie, as well as Juliet Cowan (Cuckoo), Jacob Fortune Lloyd (The Queen’s Gambit), Sam Buchanan (You Wouldn’t Adam and Eve It) and Archie Rush (Black Mirror).

Other cast members include Nico Hiraga, Heather Agyepong, Simbi Ajikawo and Daniela Vega.

When can I watch The Power?

The Power was originally set to go into production in February 2020, but filming was delayed by a year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

It began production in early 2021 so will hopefully be streaming on Amazon Prime Video later in the year.

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