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01/22/2015 03:08 pm ET Updated Jan 22, 2015

'Glee's' Melissa Benoist Will Play 'Supergirl'

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CBS has found its "Supergirl." Actress Melissa Benoist has been cast in the lead role of the upcoming drama, which is executive produced by Greg Berlanti ("Arrow," "Everwood") and Ali Adler ("Chuck").

Benoist has busted onto the Hollywood scene in recent years with roles on "Glee" and in Damien Chazelle's breakout indie film "Whiplash," which was nominated last week for the Academy Award for Best Picture. She has also appeared in guest starring roles in dramas including "Homeland" and "The Good Wife."

In the show, Benoist will reportedly play Kara Zor-El, a Krypton-hailing young woman who has kept her powers hidden while growing up on Earth. The series will explore what happens when, at the age of 24, Kara finally begins to embrace her superhero destiny.

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