"We are so excited to be working with Italia. We've been a fan of her work for years and we cannot wait to see her take on this iconic comic book role,” executive producer Andrew Kreisberg said in an exclusive statement.
In the comics, Silver Banshee has superhuman strength, speed, endurance, agility, an impressive ability to resist attacks and a gift for languages. She often uses her sonic-based abilities to weaken her victims.
Ricci, repped by ICM, Protégé Entertainment and Coast to Coast, is best known for playing cancer survivor April Carver in the ABC Family drama Chasing Life.
Earlier this summer, Benoist revealed why she was excited to show just how fierce and multi-faceted female superheroes can be.
"It's a daunting feeling but in the best way," the Glee alum told ET of becoming a role model for young girls. "It obviously feels like a responsibility, but I love that I can do it in this way that [Kara is] quirky, and kind of weird, and flawed, and funny."
Supergirl airs Mondays at 8 p.m. PT/ET on CBS.
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