Nashville‘s Laura Benanti has joined the cast of CBS’ Supergirl series in the recurring role of the title character’s birth mother, Alura Zor-El.
Per our sister site Deadline, Kara’s mother is described as a strong noblewoman whose wisdom and guidance echoes across space and time, proving invaluable on her daughter’s super journey.
Glee grad Melissa Benoist recently landed the coveted role of Kara Danvers née Zor-El, while Desperate Housewives alum Mehcad Brooks has been cast as Jimmy Olsen.
Other series regular roles still to be cast include Kara’s science-minded foster sister, Alex; Cat Grant, the CEO of CatCo; Kara’s CatCo colleague Wynn Schott; and Hank Henshaw, the Supergirl-obsessed director of the DEO (Department of Extra-Normal Operations).
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A Tony Award winner, Benanti’s previous TV credits also include Law & Order: SVU, Nurse Jackie, Go On and The Playboy Club.