Melissa Benoist, best known for her role as Marley Rose on “Glee,” has been cast in the title role of CBS’ pilot “Supergirl.”
Benoist, who also had a feature role in the Academy Award-nominated film Whiplash, beat out several other contenders for the part, including Claire Holt (“The Vampire Diaries”) and Elizabeth Lail (“Once Upon a Time”).
From Warner Bros. TV and Berlanti Prods., “Supergirl” is based on the characters from DC Comics and centers on Kara Zor-El (Benoist), who comes to earth after escaping the destruction of Krypton. After many years hiding her abilities, she joins the ranks of her cousin Superman to become the hero she was meant to be.
The pilot was written by Ali Adler (“No Ordinary Family”) and Greg Berlanti (“Arrow,” “The Flash”). They will also executive produce along with Sarah Schechter and Warner Bros. TV. The show has a series commitment at CBS.