Glee Star Melissa Benoist Cast As Supergirl In CBS Series


Actress Melissa Benoist

After months of speculation, the star of the new television series Supergirl has been announced.

CBS revealed they have lined up Glee actress Melissa Benoist to play the crime-fighting heroine.

Benoist, 26, had nabbed the part of Supergirl in the television series, which will debut in the fall.

There were reports that Claire  Holt of The Vampire Diaries would be chosen for the part, but that wasn’t the case.

Supergirl is being executive produced by Greg Berlanti, the man behind Arrow and The Flash.

Melissa will play a “denizen of Krypton who escaped amid its destruction years ago.  Once she arrived to Earth, she hid the powers she shares with her famous cousin. But at 24, she opts to be the hero.”

Supergirl also goes by the name Kara Zor-El.

Whiplash star Melissa Benoist lands Supergirl role

The series is also looking to cast her sister Alex.

CBS has given a series commitment to Supergirl, a DC Comics character that was first introduced in 1959.

CBS Entertainment Chairman Nina Tassler said in early January that she thinks Supergirl will “fit nicely alongside more mature characters like The Good Wife’s Alicia Florrick (Julianna Margulies), Extant’s Molly Woods (Halle Berry), and Madam Secretary’s Elizabeth McCord (Téa Leoni)”.

Laura Vandervoort played Supergirl on the CW’s Smallville from 2007 to 2011. Helen Slater played the character for a movie in 1984.

Benoist previously starred in the Oscar-nominated film Whiplash.  She can also be seen in The Longest Ride with Scott Eastwood.

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