Durance Replaces Benati On “Supergirl”

Erica Durance, who spent seven years and more than 140 episodes playing Lois Lane on “Smallville,” will return to the same network for the third season of “Supergirl”.

Durance will take over from Laura Benanti in the recurring role of Alura Zor-El, mother of Melissa Benoist’s Supergirl in The CW series.

The character’s twin sister Astra served as the villain of the first season, while the long dead Alura now exists in the form of a hologram which Kara can access. In a statement, executive producer Andrew Kreisberg says:

“Unfortunately Laura, who Greg [Berlanti] and I have worked with for years going back to Eli Stone, was unable to continue in the role due to work commitments in New York, but we are so blessed that Erica has come aboard to offer her own interpretation of Kara’s mother. We had tremendous success with a former Lois Lane last season with Teri Hatcher. We know Erica will continue the proud tradition of legacy actors joining our shows and creating new and exciting takes on classic DC characters.”

Durance more recently starred in the Canadian drama “Saving Hope”. “Supergirl returns Monday, October 9th.

Source: The Live Feed