Sony is making a body-positive movie based on Faith, Valiant Comics’ plus-sized superhero

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Jun 28, 2018, 8:35 PM EDT

Faith Herbert has been around a long time, but now the Valiant Comics superhero is about to step into the spotlight in a major way. Sony Pictures is reportedly planning a live-action movie based on the spunky, plus-sized sci-fi nerd with telekinetic powers.

Via Deadline, Sony has picked up rights to a film treatment for Faith (aka Zephyr), and they’ve tapped American Gods writer Maria Melnik to pen the script. The move comes in the wake of Sony’s five-picture, 2015 agreement with Valiant, which has so far yielded a planned adaptation of Bloodshot, with Vin Diesel in the starring role. 

Making her first appearance all the way back in 1991 with Harbinger Vol. 1, Faith first showed off her innate superpowers after a visit from Peter Stanchek and Kris Hathaway, superheroes on the run from the Harbinger Foundation. Triggered by her meeting with kindred super-powered misfits, Faith takes flight and reveals Zephyr, her heroic alter-ego. 

One of the pioneering examples of a superhero with physical characteristics that break the conventional mold of hard-bodied physiques and eight-pack abs, Faith’s appearance is never a focus in the comics. Created by Valiant co-founder Jim Shooter and David Lapham, the high-spirited hero can fly, cast a protective aura around her allies, and wield telekinetic powers that allow her to manipulate remote objects, as well as catch her friends up for a ride-along on her flight path.

There’s no early word on whether, or how, Sony plans to select from Faith’s extensive trove of Valiant comic book stories to adapt for its live action treatment, and it’ll likely be a while before the studio reveals a release date. In her current incarnation for Valiant, Faith appears in her own eponymous series from writer Jody Houser, with illustration work from Joe Eisma, Marguerite Sauvage, Francis Portela, and Jelena Kevic-Djurdjevic.