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‘Supergirl’s Melissa Benoist, ‘Outlander’s Sam Heughan Set For Screen Gems Love Story ‘Oxford’
EXCLUSIVE: Screen Gems has set two of the hottest stars on television for its feature film Oxford. Melissa Benoist, who’ll soon be starring as the title character in the CBS fall series Supergirl, will team with Sam Heughan, who plays the male lead role of Jamie Fraser on the Starz hit series Outlander. Oxford has a script by Allison Burnett, and Temple Hill’s Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey are producing.
Soon after arriving at Oxford U, an American Rhodes Scholar student falls for an arrogant teaching assistant who is quietly fighting terminal cancer. When she finds out the reason he is so standoffish, they make the most of each day, traveling the world together. Aside from Supergirl, Benoist’s recent films have been The Longest Ride and Whiplash. Burnett previously scripted Underworld: Awakening for Screen Gems, as well as Gone, Fame and Untraceable.
Benoist, who next appears in Billy Boy and Lowriders, is repped by UTA, Anonymous Content and Frankfurt Kurnit. Heughan is repped by UTA and in the UK by United Agents. Burnett is with Paradigm.
MELISSA BENOIST PROVES SUPERGIRL’S NORMAL ACTIVITIES ARE AWESOME
Have you seen the various behind-the-scenes photos of Supergirl star Melissa Benoist hanging around in her costume? There she is walking her dog, who she loves so much. And here she is talking on her iPhone, and being so great at it! Also, she eats a Super-shield cake in one shot! And the best (so far): Here she is leading a group of mini-Supergirl (Scouts) for a stroll while cradling a puppy!
Girl Power! Melissa Benoist Gives Girl Scouts a Tour of the ‘Supergirl’ Set
Sometimes even superheroes need some help to save the world!
Melissa Benoist, the star of CBS’ much-anticipated Supergirl, led a set tour for a group of Girl Scouts on Friday.
The scouts were even ready to help Supergirl, donning red capes atop their scout uniforms. Talk about being prepared!
The 26-year-old actress shared an adorable photo of the visit. “The Girls Scouts of Oklahoma dropped by National City today…” she captioned the Instagram post.
A follow-up snap showed Benoist’s new mini superhero squad smiling and hugging the leading lady. “… and I’m pretty sure we had a good time,” she shared, complete with a smiley face emoticon.
This fall, Benoist will soar onto TV screens as Superman’s cousin, Kara Zor-El, more commonly known as Supergirl, breaking up the superhero boys’ club that’s currently seen in Arrow, The Flash and Gotham.
“I think everybody is ready for it,” Benoist told ET about having more female superheroes on TV. “It’s important to have femininity in this genre. It’s her point of view, living through her heroics, and balancing her day-to-day life with it. I think it is relatable.”
At ET’s Comic-Con suite last month, Benoist also explained why Supergirl will be an important role model for young women. “In a way, Kara is discovering herself right now when we meet her in the pilot,” she said, “and I’m glad that I get to show girls that you can do anything you want to do.”
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Melissa attended the 2015 CBS Upfront Presentation at Lincoln Center in New York City (May 13).
Public Appearances > 2015 > May 13: 2015 CBS Upfront
Melissa attended the 2015 Film Independent Spirit Awards in Santa Monica, California (February 21).
Public Appearances > 2015 > February 21: Film Independent Spirit Awards
Public Appearances > 2015 > February 21: Film Independent Spirit Awards – Cocktail Reception
‘Glee,’ ‘Whiplash’ Breakout Set as CBS’ ‘Supergirl’
CBS and Warner Bros. Television have found their Supergirl.
Glee and Whiplash breakout Melissa Benoist has been tapped to play the iconic DC Comics character,The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
The hourlong drama, which received a hefty series commitment, centers on Kara Zor-El, Superman’s cousin, who was born on the planet Krypton and escaped amid its destruction years ago. Benoist will play Kara, who after arriving on Earth was taken in by a foster family, the Danvers, who taught her to be careful with her extraordinary powers (which she shares with her famous cousin, Superman).
Now 24, Kara feels un-empowered, a slave to having repressed her innate abilities. She’s still pretty, but with her face hidden behind glasses and her hair pulled back, she doesn’t know it herself. An unexpected disaster forces her to use her powers in public. Energized by her heroic deed, for the first time in her life, Kara begins embracing her extraordinary abilities. She begins helping the people of her city and they soon take notice — and she’s even given a new moniker: Supergirl.
Benoist becomes the actress to portray the character, who was most recently played on the small screen by Laura Vandervoort on The CW’s Superman origin story Smallville.
The Glee actress was one of many actresses to test for the role, edging out The Vampire Diaries/The Originals’ Claire Holt, among others, for the part, sources tell THR.
Benoist joined Fox’s Glee during season four, as one of McKinley High’s new students after the musical’s senior class graduated. She was promoted to series regular ahead of season five and had been considered the heir apparent to star Lea Michele‘s Rachel on the series before the musical was retooled.
Supergirl will not be the first time Benoist has played a superhero. The actress donned a cape as “Woman Fierce” in Glee‘s “Dynamic Duets” episode in which the glee club channeled their inner super hero. (Watch her performance of “Holding Out for a Hero,” below.)
She joins fellow Glee breakout Grant Gustin (The CW’s The Flash) to land the starring role in a DC Comics adaptation from WBTV.
Arrow and Flash’s Greg Berlanti and his No Ordinary Family cohort Ali Adler (The New Normal) will pen the script and executive produce the drama via Berlanti Productions’ WBTV-based banner. Berlanti Productions’ topper Sarah Schecter is also on board to executive produce.
Supergirl — which still needs an official series order — could give all five of the broadcast networks superhero-themed series on the air next season, with DC properties on four of the five. Fox has Batman story Gotham — which like Supergirl started with a series commitment; NBC has Hellblazer take Constantine, which will end after 13 episodes; CW has already renewed Flash and Arrow; and ABC, via Disney’s deal with Marvel, has Agents of SHIELD and bridge series Agent Carter. For its part, Netflix also has four Marvel series and a mini, starting with Daredevil.
Benoist’s credits include awards season darling Whiplash and roles on CBS’ Blue Bloods and The Good Wife as well as Showtime’s Homeland. She’s repped by UTA, Anonymous Content and Frankfurt Kurnit.