The cast for CBS’ “Supergirl” series continues to fill out with two more names joining the list – “Grey’s Anatomy” actress Chyler Leigh and “Homeland” actor David Harewood.
Melissa Benoist stars as Kara Zor-El, Superman’s cousin, who was born on the planet Krypton and escaped amid its destruction years ago. Taken in by a foster family who taught her to be careful with her extraordinary powers, the series begins with her turning twenty-four and coming into her own – in the process using her powers for good.
Leigh will play Alexandra “Alex” Danvers, Kara’s confident foster sister whose lifelong obsession with Kara’s powers and the science behind them inspired her to become a doctor.
Harewood would play Hank Henshaw, a onetime CIA agent who now runs the Department of Extra-Normal Operations (DEO) which tracks extraterrestrial threats on Earth. In the comics, Henshaw becomes the ‘Cyborg Superman’ – whether we’ll see that in the series incarnation is unknown at this point.
The pair join a cast that includes Calista Flockhart as Cat Grant, Mehcad Brooks as Jimmy Olsen and Laura Benanti in a recurring role as Kara’s Kryptonian mother Alura Zor-El. Greg Berlanti and Ali Adler will pen the script and executive produce alongside Sarah Schechter and Andrew Kreisberg.
What is expected is that Superman himself will figure into the series, but only as someone in the background rather than an actual character. A casting call earlier this week revealed that the producers are seeking a body double for the Man of Steel to work several days next month.
Benoist recently spoke with CBM about her role, saying: “What’s so wonderful about her is that she is such a relatable character, amongst her powers. What I’m the most excited about is telling a story about a human being really realizing their potential and their strength, and I think that’s something that everyone will root for and want in their own lives – I’m really excited about that.”
Source: The Live Feed