Australian actor Noah Taylor has been signed to star in a new series about a group of superhumans.
Powers, based on the graphic novel by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming, is being developed by Sony Television for the Sony Playstation Network.
The Sony Playstation Network is an emerging online player, and, like rivals Netflix, Hulu Plus and Amazon Prime, is commissioning original content.
Powers, in which Taylor will play a criminal mastermind named Johnny Royalle, will also star Eddie Izzard and Olesya Rulin.
The character was played by Vinnie Jones in an original FX cable channel pilot that Sony produced but FX ultimately passed on the project.
Sony Playstation Network has commissioned the project straight to series.
Taylor's credits include Vanilla Sky (2001), The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004), Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005) and the TV series The Borgias, Hatfields & McCoys and Game of Thrones.
No airdate has been announced.
Meanwhile, Australian comedian Jim Jefferies will star in his own one-off comedy special for Netflix.
The streaming broadcaster has commissioned a series of stand-up comedy specials featuring Jefferies, Chelsea Handler, Bill Cosby, Bill Burr and Chelsea Peretti.
The move by Netflix is no doubt in part to push into a space historically occupied by HBO, the cable channel whose programming style it most wants to emulate.
During HBO's infancy, in particular, it commissioned stand-up comedy specials.
"Jim Jefferies, Chelsea Handler, Bill Cosby, Bill Burr and Chelsea Peretti are some of the funniest comedians of our time," Netflix's head of comedy programming Lisa Nishimura said.
Jefferies' special has already been taped and will air on August 29 in the US. No Australian airdate has been announced.
It will be followed in November by the Peretti and Cosby specials.
Despite his high profile in the UK and the US, Jefferies is not a household name in Australia.
In the US, he most recently starred in two seasons of his own sitcom, Legit, for the cable channel FX.
In the series, Jefferies played a version of himself. It co-starred Dan Bakkedahl as Steve, Jim's best friend, and DJ Qualls as Billy, Steve's brother. It also guest starred Magda Szubanski, who played Jim's mother.
Legit aired in Australia on Foxtel's Comedy Channel.