Brec Bassinger Lands The Role Of ‘Stargirl’ In DC Universe Series
DC Universe has found it’s ‘Stargirl‘, as the US streaming service announces Brec Bassinger will take the lead role.
‘Stargirl’ follows High School sophomore Courtney Whitmore (Bassinger) who inspires an unlikely group of young heroes to stop the villains of the past. This new DC Universe series reimagines Stargirl and the very first superhero team, the Justice Society of America, in a fun, exciting and unpredictable series premiering in 2019, produced by Warner Bros. Television, Mad Ghost Productions and Berlanti Productions.
The show comes from DC TV show master, Greg Berlanti, and Geoff Johns, DC’s former CCO and original co-creator of the character. Johns will be writing the first episode. “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,” commented Johns about the casting. “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 made her first appearance in July 1999’s Stars and S.T.R.I.P.E. #1, and really kicked off Geoff Johns’s career as a comic book writer when he created her with Lee Moder. She is named after Johns sister, Courtney, who died in the 1996 explosion of TWA Flight 800.
Brec Bassinger is probably best known for her role as Kale in the ‘School of Rock’ tv series. She also starred in the Nickelodeon show ‘Bella and the Bulldogs’ and the Hulu teen comedy ‘All Night’. Fans of ‘The Goldbergs’ may also recognise her from her appearances as Zoe Macintosh.
We have already seen Stargirl, played by Sarah Grey, along with other members of Justice Society of America, in live-action form when they popped up on ‘DC’s Legends Of Tomorrow’. Despite Greg Berlanti overseeing both shows, it would seem there is a definite line between the DC/CW shows and the new Berlanti-controlled superhero dramas coming to DC Universe, such as ‘Stargirl’, ‘Titans’ and ‘Doom Patrol’.
The DC Universe streaming service has now launched in the US. Frustratingly, there is still no news on an international rollout, but we’ll let you know as soon as we hear something.