Geoff Johns Casts the Lead for STARGIRL
Geoff Johns casts Brec Bassinger as Stargirl for streaming service DC Unvierse's s new straight-to-series drama, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Bassinger is best known for starring in Nickelodeon's Bella and the Bulldogs.
Stargirl follows high school sophomore Courtney Whitmore (Bassinger) as she inspires an unlikely group of young heroes to stop the villains of the past. The series reimagines Stargirl and the very first superhero team, the Justice Society of America.
Johns created the character in 1999, which 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.
Johns said of the casting, "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."
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.
Bassinger worked on Bella and the Bulldogs for two seasons. She also appeared in Hulu's All Night, The Haunted Hathaways, School of Rock, The Goldbergs and Code Black.
DC Universe is a subscription video-on-demand service that features original scripted programming as well as a library of TV and film content, all in the DC Entertainment universe.
Read the original article on The Hollywood Reporter.