A live-action Powerpuff Girls reboot looks just as strange as it sounds, but at least the cast for it is solid. Chloe Bennet will play Blossom, while Dove Cameron and Yana Perrault will play Bubbles and Buttercup, respectively. The CW has released a first official look at the upcoming series, one that is sure to have millennials talking.
Check out Chloe Bennet and Dove Cameron in the first official Powerpuff Girls promo image, included below:
This comes just days after set photos made their rounds on the interwebs. The above image, though, makes it abundantly clear that the reboot is taking a wholly different approach to its titular heroines. According to recent word from the show’s makers themselves, Chloe Bennet and Dove Cameron will be putting a different spin on their characters. A press release revealed that the series will depict the live-action iterations of these heroes as “disillusioned twenty-somethings who resent having lost their childhood to crime fighting.” Interesting take. Not the interpretation many fans wanted, but definitely a CW approach in pretty much every way.
Chloe Bennet is best known for playing Daisy Johnson /Quake on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., but she has also had a recurring role in the hugely popular Nashville, as well as a four-episode stint on the show The Nightlife. Her turn as Blossom in the upcoming show will rival her stint as Quake in the aforementioned Marvel series.
Dove Cameron showed up alongside Chloe Bennet in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., although she only appeared in 6 episodes, all during the show’s fifth season. She is perhaps best known for her role as Mal in the television film Descendants and its two sequels. Her turn as Bubbles will likely be the biggest role of her career so far.
Created by Craig McCracken, the original Powerpuff Girls cartoon ran from 1998 to 2005 and received critical acclaim, garnering two Emmy Awards and two Annie Awards. A movie was released in 2002, followed closely by various related shows and heavily advertised television specials. Many may not remember just how saucy the original series was, so it will be interesting to see just how inappropriate Chloe Bennet and Dove Cameron will get to be in the reboot.
As for their personalities, those, too, have been updated. Previously a “spunky, spunky, conscientious, Little-Miss-Perfect child,” Chloe Bennet’s Blossom is now much more shy and reclusive, although she is the one who wants to get the girls back together. According to official character descriptions, Dove Cameron’s Bubbles “still sparkles as an adult, but her charming exterior belies an unexpected toughness and wit. She’s initially more interested in recapturing her fame than saving the world, but she just might surprise us and herself.” Sounds wildly different from the Powerpuff Girls cartoon, but maybe it will be great.
Juno screenwriter Diablo Cody and Heather Regnier wrote the pilot’s script, while Maggie Kiley is helming the series. The Powerpuff Girls reboot does not yet have a release date, but you can catch both Chloe Bennet and Dove Cameron in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Descendants, respectively.