Actress Brec Bassinger has been cast as Courtney Whitmore, aka Stargirl, for the DC Universe streaming service’s forthcoming series. Here’s how DC describes the series in the announcement:
Outside of costume, Stargirl is known as Courtney Whitmore, a young woman’s who’s described as smart, athletic and above all else kind. The high school sophomore’s seemingly perfect life hits a major speedbump when her mother gets married and her new family moves from Los Angeles, California to Blue Valley, Nebraska. Struggling to adapt to a new school, make new friends and deal with a new step-family, Courtney discovers her step-father has a secret; he used to be the sidekick to a superhero. “Borrowing” the long-lost hero’s cosmic staff, Courtney becomes the inspiration for an entirely new generation of superheroes.
The series itself follows Courtney as she inspires that unlikely group of young heroes to stop the villains of the past, and aims to reimagine Stargirl and the very first superhero team, the Justice Society of America, in what promises to be an unpredictable series. Stargirl focuses on the character that started executive producer Geoff Johns’ career as a comic book writer when he created her in 1999, and was lovingly inspired by his late sister, who was killed in a 1996 plane explosion.
The character of Stargirl has appeared numerous times on the small screen. She was a member of the animated Justice League Unlimited, and appeared in live action on both Smallville and as a member of the JSA on Legends of Tomorrow.
Bassinger’s professional acting career began in 2013. She has primarily appeared on Nickelodeon series so far, most notably starring for two seasons as Bella Dawson on Bella and the Bulldogs.
Stargirl will be the DC Universe service’s sixth live-action series. Look for more details about the series as they become available.