While none of the recently launched DC Universe streaming platform’s original shows have actually begun airing yet, Warner Bros. and DC are quickly moving forward with the production of the recently announced Stargirl series. Cast breakdowns and plot details were previously revealed by Executive Producer Geoff Johns. Now, it seems that we have our Stargirl as reports are coming in that the 19-year-old actress Brec Bassinger has signed on the play the lead role of Courtney Whitmore.

The character in this series is described as smart, athletic and kind. This high school teenager’s seemingly perfect life hits a major speed bump when her mother gets married and her new family moves from Los Angeles to Blue Valley, Nebraska. Struggling to adapt to her school, make friends and deal with a stepfamily, Courtney discovers her stepfather has a secret: He used to be the sidekick to a superhero. “Borrowing” the long-lost hero’s cosmic staff, Courtney becomes the unlikely inspiration for an entirely new generation of superheroes.

The Stargirl reimagining will follow Courtney as she takes on a number of villains from long before her time as a hero as well as introduce a new incarnation of the very first superhero team, the Justice Society of America. The character was the first created by Johns in 1999 and launched his career as a comic book writer. He named the character after his sister, Courtney, who died in the 1996 explosion of TWA Flight 800. The character made her first appearance in July 1999’s Stars and S.T.R.I.P.E. #1.

In a public statement, Stargirl creator Geoff Johns, who will also pen Stargirl’s first episode and act as Executive Producer spoke highly of Bassinger’s acting chops and expressed his belief that she’ll bring Stargirl to life:

There is no other character in comic books more special to me than Stargirl, and after searching far and wide I can say there is no other actor on the planet that embodies her more than Brec Bassinger. Brec’s warmth, strength, humor, and positive energy are core to who Courtney Whitmore is. I’m so grateful she’s signed on for the role.

Bassinger is best known for starring in Nickelodeon’s comedy series, Bella and the Bulldogs, where she spent 39 episodes as Bella. Her credits further include Hulu’s All Night, and recurring roles in The Haunted Hathaways, School of Rock, The Goldbergs and Code Black among others.

Johns executively produces the Warner Bros. TV-produced series alongside Greg Berlanti and Sarah Schechter for direct-to-consumer streaming service.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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