For seven seasons, Chloe Bennet played Skye / Daisy Johnson / Quake on ABC’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., which wrapped last year. But already, Bennet has another superhero series lined up, as Bennet has been cast to play Blossom in The CW’s live-action take on The Powerpuff Girls.
In addition to Chloe Bennet playing Blossom, Dove Cameron of Disney’s Descendants series of films will be playing Bubbles, while Yana Perrault – who appeared in the Alanis Morissette musical Jagged Little Pill on Broadway – will play Buttercup. If the series does get picked up, this will mark Perrault’s onscreen debut.
This new take on the Powerpuff Girls is set years after the events of the animated series, with the three girls now “disillusioned twenty-something-year-olds,” who are disappointed that they spent their childhoods crime-fighting. However, the three come together to fight a new threat. The character description for the new series says that Blossom is now “anxious and reclusive” after the events of the animated series, and now wants to become a leader again.
Meanwhile, in this new series, Bubbles wants to recapture the fame that she once had, while Buttercup has tried to avoid her Powerpuff Girl identity and now tries to live anonymously. While The CW has cast Chloe Bennet, Dove Cameron, and Yana Perrault for the pilot, the network has yet to order the series, but considering the network’s recent appreciation of nostalgia for existing properties, like Riverdale, Walker, and Roswell, New Mexico, it seems like The Powerpuff Girls would be a perfect fit with the network.
The Powerpuff Girls pilot comes from executive producers and writers Heather Regnier (Sleepy Hollow, Veronica Mars), and Diablo Cody (Juno, Young Adult). Maggie Kiley, who has directed for shows like American Horror Story, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, and Riverdale will direct the pilot. It’s unclear who will be the showrunner if The Powerpuff Girls does get picked up for series.
The Powerpuff Girls originally aired on the Cartoon Network, debuting in 1998, and wrapping up in 2005. The show was nominated for six Emmy Awards during its run, and aired 78 episodes over its run. In 2002, the characters received a film with The Powerpuff Girls Movie, and in 2016, the show received a reboot, which aired until 2019. It’s unclear how much of the material from these two shows will be canon in this new Chloe Bennet-led take on the characters, or how this live-action take will integrate the past of these characters into this new series.
The Powerpuff Girls was a huge property in the 1990s and 2000s, so it would make sense that The CW would pick up the series, especially with the channel riding high off the hits of recent shows like Superman & Lois and Walker. With their shows like Supergirl and Black Lightning ending after their next seasons, The CW is going to need even more superhero shows to make up for the ones they are losing. Chloe Bennet, Dove Cameron, and Yana Perrault seem like promising choices for the characters of Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup, respectively, so hopefully, this series gets picked up and we can see this interesting casting in the flesh.