Brec Bassinger has been cast in the title role of DC Universe's live-action Stargirl series, according to TVLine. Bassinger's Stargirl - a.k.a. Courtney Whitmore - is described as a high school sophomore "who inspires an unlikely group of young heroes — the Justice Society of America — to stop the villains of the past."
"There is no other character in comic books more special to me than Stargirl," said creator/writer/showrunner Geoff Johns. "And after searching far and wide I can say there is no other actor on the planet that embodies her more than Brec Bassinger. 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."
Johns created Stargirl in 1999 for the Stars & S.T.R.I.P.E.S. comic book series, and based her on his late sister Courtney Johns, who passed away in the tragic TWA Flight 800 explosion in 1996.
"[Stargirl is] a smart, athletic and above all else kind [high school teenager whose] 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," reads the show's description. "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 unlikely inspiration for an entirely new generation of superheroes."
Bassinger is best known for her role in Nickelodeon's Bella and the Bulldogs. She recently starred in Netflix's All Night.
Greg Berlanti and Sarah Schechter are executive producing the series alongside Johns.
Stargirl is scheduled to debut in 2019 on the DC Universe streaming service.