Smallville's Lois Lane, a.k. actress Erica Durance, is taking over the role of Alura Zor-El (and also her twin sister, Astra) in the CW's Supergirl from original series actor Laura Bernanti.
“Unfortunately Laura, who Greg and I have worked with for years going back to Eli Stone, was unable to continue in the role due to work commitments in New York,” executive producer Andrew Kreisberg told Deadline. “But we are so blessed that Erica has come aboard to offer her own interpretation of Kara’s mother. We had tremendous success with a former Lois Lane last season with Teri Hatcher. We know Erica will continue the proud tradition of legacy actors joining our shows and creating new and exciting takes on classic DC characters.”
Durance joins Supergirl shortly after filming the series finale of her long-running CTV series Saving Hope.
Bernanti is a regular actor on Broadway, and her TBS series The Detour films in New York City.
Supergirl's third season is scheduled to begin October 9 on the CW.