Tuesday, August 4, 2015

SUPERGIRL Casts Jenna Dewan-Tatum as Lucy Lane

Lois Lane's sister is coming to National City.

The Hollywood Reporter has word that the upcoming CBS series Supergirl has cast Jenna Dewan-Tatum in the recurring role of Lucy Lane, younger sister of Lois Lane.

According to the article, Lucy will debut in the series' third episode and is described as "brash, funny and beautiful as her older sister Lois Lane.  Lucy is strong, smart and successful in her own right.  She's got a history with Jimmy Olsen (Mehcad Brooks) and she's come to town to right a previous wrong."

Dewan-Tatum, 34, is probably best known as Freya Beauchamp on Witches of East End and as Teresa Morrison on American Horror Story: Asylum.  She's also appeared in the film Step Up and The Grudge 2, and has appeared on the TV series The Mindy Project, The Playboy Club, Melrose Place, Joey, and The Young and the Restless.

Created in 1959 by Otto Binder and Curt Swan, Lucy Lane first appeared in Superman's Pal, Jimmy Olsen #36 as an airline stewardess who was Jimmy Olsen's on-again, off-again love interest.  In 1986, John Byrne reinvented the character in The Man of Steel #5 as an air traffic controller who was temporarily blinded, but cured after a Bizarro clone of Superman destructed.  She later began dating African-American Daily Planet staff member Ron Troupe, but when she became pregnant, her conservative father Sam Lane was enraged. Sam eventually overcame his anger when Lucy and Ron were married and their child was born.

Lucy later debuted as the mysterious Superwoman, using a suit that simulated Kryptonian powers.  As Superwoman, Lucy was ordered by her father to kill Agent Liberty, who had been spying on General Lane and Lex Luthor.  Lucy soon became insane, and after being captured, she was kept in the custody of S.T.A.R. Labs.  In the current DC Comics continuity, Lucy's time as Superman has been erased.

Dewan-Tatum will be the fifth actress to portray the character in live action, after Maureen Teefy in the film Supergirl, Elizabeth Barondes and Roxana Zal on Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, and Peyton List on the CW series Smallville.

Supergirl premieres on CBS October 26th at 8:30 p.m. EST.

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