Melissa Benoist is set to play the title role in Greg Berlanti and Ali Adler’s upcoming superhero show on CBS, Supergirl.
Benoist is best known for her work on Glee as Marley Rose, but also starred in indie darling Whiplash, which has been nominated for an Academy Award.
The series will center on Kara Zor-El, Superman’s cousin who was also born on the planet Krypton and is the only other survivor after its destruction. The show strays from the comic books in that Kara has been taken in by a foster family, the Danvers. The show’s villain could potentially be Kara’s older foster sister, 26-year-old Alex, who is “gorgeous, brilliant, [and] science-minded” and has always been jealous of Kara, yet fascinated by her abilities
Now 24, Kara feels un-empowered, a slave to having repressed her innate abilities. She’s still pretty, but with her face hidden behind glasses and her hair pulled back, she doesn’t know it herself. An unexpected disaster forces her to use her powers in public. Energized by her heroic deed, for the first time in her life, Kara begins embracing her extraordinary abilities. She begins helping the people of her city and they soon take notice — and she’s even given a new moniker: Supergirl.
Benoist is the second Glee alum to play a superhero on one of Berlanti’s shows. Grant Gustin is currently the lead in The CW’s The Flash. Berlanti is also working on Arrow, which stars Stephen Amell.
Supergirl hasn’t been given an official series order yet. But judging by network TV’s superhero craze, it seems like a sure bet.
(Via The Hollywood Reporter)