Thursday, January 22, 2015

'Glee's' Melissa Benoist Cast as CBS’ ‘Supergirl’

CBS has found its “Supergirl” in “Glee” alum Melissa Benoist. The hourlong drama pilot was written byGreg Berlanti and Ali Adler, and hails from Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television.

The eponymous series centers on Superman’s cousin, Kara Zor-El, who escaped from Krypton amid the planet’s destruction years ago. Since arriving on Earth, she’s been hiding the powers she shares with her famous relative. But now at age 24, she decides to embrace her superhuman abilities and be the hero she was always meant to be.

“Supergirl” is the latest DC Comics-based show to emerge from Berlanti’s stable; the in-demandproducer also oversees “Arrow” and “The Flash” for CBS sister net The CW. The drama was given aseries commitment in September. Kara has previously been portrayed on the big screen by Helen Slater, and appeared on The CW’s Superman origin series “Smallville” in the guise of Laura Vandervoort.

Benoist can currently be seen in the Oscar-nominated “Whiplash,” which is up for five Academy Awards, including Best Picture. She will next appear in the feature film “The Longest Ride,” opposite Britt Robertson and Scott Eastwood, which will bow in theaters on April 12.

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