The casting comes after a number of other actresses were reportedly up for the role, including "Vampire Diaries" star Claire Holt and UK soap star Gemma Atkinson. Benoist previously starred as Marley Rose on the Fox musical series "Glee," a show that also counts "Flash" lead Grant Gustin as one of its alums. Benoist was most recently seen as the female lead in the Academy Award nominated film "Whiplash," where she starred opposite Miles Teller.
As Supergirl, Benoist will play Superman's equally powerful cousin Kara Zor-El. An early character breakdown described Kara as a Kryptonian sent to Earth from her home planet at the age of 12, where she was found and adopted by the Danvers family. The description, originally posted by TVLine, revealed that "after repressing said skills for more than a decade, Kara is forced to bust out her super moves in public during an unexpected disaster. Energized by her heroism for the first time in her life, she begins embracing her abilities in the name of helping the people of her city, earning herself a super moniker along the way."
"Supergirl" is already off to a solid start, having already been received a series commitment from CBS. "Arrow" showrunner Greg Berlanti and "No Ordinary Family's" Ali Adler are attached to executive produce the series and script the pilot episode.
Following the announcement, Benoist took to Twitter to confirm the news and express her excitement. She also rewteeted a number of images including herself and "Flash" executive producer Andrew Kreisberg.
I wish there was a superhero emoji
- Melissa Benoist (@itsmmbenoist) January 22, 2015
Congratulations to @itsmmbenoist -- You're in good hands with the DCU & all the fantastic people making your pilot.
- Stephen Amell (@amellywood) January 22, 2015