Back in July at San Diego Comic Con, it was announced that a new Stargirl series was in the works for the upcoming DC Universe digital streaming service.
Now, DC Universe and Geoff Johns have found their leading lady.
Bella And The Bulldogs actress Brec Bassinger has been tapped to star as the famed DC Comics heroine in the upcoming series, which will follow high school sophomore Courtney Whitmore. Under the guise of Stargirl, she inspires an unlikely group of young heroes to stop the villains of the past. The show re-imagined both Stargirl and the very first superhero team, the Justice Society of America, in a fun, exciting and unpredictable series.
Geoff Johns will write and executive produce the 13-episode series via his Mad Ghost Productions banner. The project hails from Warner Bros. Television and Greg Berlanti's studio-based Berlanti Productions, with Sarah Schechter also serving as an executive producer.
Johns and Lee Moder created the character, who was named after Geoff Johns' 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.
"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," Johns said in a statement.
The character 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 DC Universe streaming service launched in the United States this past weekend.
With a price of $7.99 a month, subscribers are given access to plenty of DC related content ranging from movies and animated series to original programs and a massive library of comic books.
Stargirl does not have an official premiere date at this time.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
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