The Power: Confirmed release date, cast and first look trailer for Prime Video's Naomi Alderman adaptation

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

By Katie Archer Updated: 1 February 2023 - 4.35pm
Prime Video The Power -  First look at Toni Collette

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 including the Oscar-nominated Toni Collette.

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 Prime Video.

The series features a cast of remarkable characters from London to Seattle and Nigeria to Eastern Europe as the Power evolves from a tingle in teenagers’ collarbones to a complete reversal of the power balance of the world.

Here’s all you need to know about its release date, plot, cast list, trailer and more.

What is The Power release date on Prime Video?

The Power will be released on Prime Video on Friday, 31 March.

New episodes will be available to watch every Friday, leading up to the season finale on 12 May.

The Power comes from Amazon Studios and SISTER, with Raelle Tucker (True Blood) serving as showrunner. 

First look - The Power trailer

The Power is our world, but for one twist of nature. Suddenly, and without warning, teenage girls develop the power to electrocute people at will.

The series features a cast of remarkable characters from London to Seattle, Nigeria to Eastern Europe, as the Power evolves from a tingle in teenagers’ collarbones to a complete reversal of the power balance of the world.

What is The Power plot?

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Eddie Marsan and Ria Zmitrowicz in The Power

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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Auli’i Cravalho as Jos Cleary-Lopez in The Power

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?

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The Power author Naomi Alderman

Is The Power based on the book of the same name?

Yes, The Power is based on the science fiction novel The Power by Naomi Alderman, pictured above.

Published in 2016 it, 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 Prime Video are set to bring the dystopian tale to the small screen.

Who's in The Power cast?

  • Toni Collette (The Sixth Sense, Knives Out) - Mayor Margot Cleary-Lopez (role re-cast from Leslie Mann)
  • Auli’I Cravalho (Moana) - Jos, Margot's daughter 
  • John Leguizamo (When They See Us) - Rob, Margo's husband
  • Toheeb Jimoh (French Dispatch) - Tunde Ojo, a Nigerian video journalist 
  • Josh Charles (The Good Wife) - Daniel Dandon
  • Eddie Marsan (The Thief, His Wife and The Canoe) - Bernie Monke, a London crime boss
  • Ria Zmitrowicz (Three Girls) - Roxy Monke, Bernie's daughter
  • Zrinka Cvitešić - Tatiana Moskalev
  • Halle Bush - Faith leader Allie Montgomery

Stream The Power on Prime Video from Friday 31 March.

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