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Supergirl Lands Merlin's Katie McGrath as Lex's Sister Lena Luthor

Unlikely BFF alert: Kara Zor-El and… Lex Luthor’s kid sis?!

Katie McGrath (Merlin, Dracula) has landed the coveted recurring role of Lena Luthor on Supergirl, TVLine has learned exclusively.

Beautiful, powerful, and enigmatic, Lena arrives in National City on the heels of brother Lex’s incarceration hoping for a fresh start. Lena has taken over as LenaLuthorCEO of her family’s billion-dollar-tech company, Luthor Corp, which has been tarnished by Lex’s evil infamy. Her goal? To re-brand the empire as a force for good. Lena wants to be seen as her own person, separate from her brother. Kara is drawn into Lena’s sphere and must determine if she is friend or foe.

Supergirl has made a number of significant casting moves as it transitions from CBS to The CW, most notably tapping Teen Wolf‘s Tyler Hoechlin to guest-star as Superman. Other key hires include erstwhile Wonder Woman, Lynda Carter, as president of Supergirl‘s United States, Cougar Town alum Ian Gomez as Snapper Carr, a veteran journalist hired by Cat (Calista Flockhart, now a recurring guest star)Floriana Lima (The Family) as gay Metropolis Special Crimes Unit captain Maggie Sawyer, and Containment‘s Chris Wood as a mysterious DC character.

McGrath’s more recent credits include Jurassic World and the Chiller series Slasher.

Supergirl Season 2 premieres Monday, Oct. 10 at 8/7c on The CW.

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30 Comments
  1. Joey Padron says:

    Glad they found the actress to Luna Luthor. Looking forward to see her in new season of the show.

  2. Sam says:

    Oh god, good luck. Slasher, apart from being a thoroughly mediocre (though somewhat-watchable), also featured her complete inability to do a North American accent. Hopefully they get her a better dialect coach.

    • Tim says:

      Yes, she was not the greatest actress.

    • Steveo says:

      I’m hoping they let her keep her natural accent. Explain it with boarding school.

    • Nick says:

      That’s so funny the entire time I watched Slasher I just kept saying “then just make her character Scottish” ugh terrible

    • JC1 says:

      also featured her complete inability to do a North American accent.
      .
      Oh no. :( I loved her as Morgana on Merlin, but a terrible accent will ruin a character for me, even if I’ve enjoyed the actor/actress in other things (case in point: Claire Forlani). Maybe they’ll let her use her own accent? *faint hope*

  3. meh says:

    I know Super girl herself was pretty bland but is this show even about her anymore. So many new people.

  4. jtrattray says:

    I’m not a huge comics aficionado but isn’t Lena Luthor disabled?

  5. Klaroline Rules says:

    From Tyler to Chris and now Katie,they really want me to watch this show well I’m in

  6. meatwad says:

    Love her!!!!!! So excited for the new season

  7. Phun says:

    Awesome news! Thanks Tvline for giving us all this great Supergirl news.

  8. okelay says:

    KAAAAAAAATIEEEEEEEE!!!! I love her! this is amazing!!!!

  9. Mary says:

    Morgana!!! Now that is the reason I will tune in for season 2

  10. Dude says:

    I actually like Katie McGrath so I’m happy about this.

  11. Mel Kfy says:

    OMG you definitely made my day!!

  12. clintbrew says:

    is lex locked up cus he kidnapped martha kent and blow up a goverment building just to cause a fight between supes and batsy hey it could happen the same way there are parallel universes and alternate universes in the multiverse

    also katie mcgarth is pretty good playing a goodie and a baddie cus of merlin if they turn lena evil

  13. Nathan Everett says:

    Lena. So much better than the name Lutessa

  14. Jean says:

    Great news.

    How in earth can the show introduce 5 new characters in the season premiere. Superman, Chris Woods character, Maggie, Snapper and Lena.

    I am certain not all of them appear in episode 1. Some might debut in 2 or 3. I have little faith they can truly give everyone decent screentime. Somebody will get shafted in screentime.

  15. Als says:

    So basically a female maxwell Lord?

  16. lrdslvrhnd says:

    So, is there a reason you keep describing Sawyer as “gay cop” and not just “cop”?

  17. Anne says:

    OMGGGGG yes. Brilliant casting. Oh I’m so excited!!!

  18. Rossella says:

    I’m so excited and happy about Katie being cast in this show. Is it October yet??? *.*

  19. kmgnetwork says:

    I’m very excited about this casting: can’t wait to see Katie in this kick-ass role. Bring it on :D

  20. dee123 says:

    Oh lord. Is she going to do that stupid smirk she did all though out Merlin???

  21. abby says:

    So excited!!! I don’t watch supergirl and now I’m watching it for Katie!!

  22. SupergirlFan says:

    Can’t wait to see her!