CBS has tapped Glee's Melissa Benoist to star as Kara Zor-El in the highly anticipated series Supergirl, ETonline has learned.
The hour-long drama — which has already received a series commitment — centers on Kara Zor-El, Superman's female cousin, who was born on the planet Krypton and escaped amid its destruction years ago. Benoist will portray Kara, who after arriving on Earth was taught by her foster family, the Danvers, to be careful with her superhuman powers.
But when an unexpected disaster forces her to use her powers in public, 24-year-old Kara's decides to embrace her extraordinary abilities and follow in the footsteps of her famous cousin, Superman.
Benoist is best known for her role as Marley Rose for two seasons on Glee's, as well as for her appearances on The Good Wife and Homeland. The brunette beauty also made the leap to big screen last year with a supporting role in the Oscar-nominated film, Whiplash.
The 26-year-old actress joins fellow Glee breakout Grant Gustin (The CW's The Flash), who also landed the starring role in a DC Comics adaptation from WBTV.
Supergirl will be executive produced by Arrow and The Flash's Greg Berlanti along with Ali Adler and Sarah Schechter, and the DC Comics adaptation is expected to fly into small screens as soon as Fall 2015.