The Powerpuff Girls’ upcoming live-action remake — which recasts the iconic cartoon trio as disillusioned twentysomethings — has found its combination of sugar, spice, and everything nice. This week, the CW announced that Yana Perrault (known for starring on the Broadway production of the Alanis Morissette musical Jagged Little Pill), Chloe Bennet (who plays Daisy ‘Skye’ Johnson on Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), and Dove Cameron (Mal on Descendants) will play Buttercup, Blossom, and Bubbles, respectively.
The series is already set to offer a more progressive take on the Powerpuff Girls that fans grew up watching. Perrault, who goes by she/they pronouns, is a person of color and has publicly discussed her queerness in past interviews — something we can only hope is incorporated into the grown-up Buttercup’s character (a canonically queer icon). Thanks to Deadline, we do know the spunky hero will be considerably more muted. Buttercup will be portrayed as an adult “trying to shed her Powerpuff Girl identity and live an anonymous life.”
Warner Brothers, which owns the Powerpuff Girls franchise, has not shied away from experimenting with the series. In 2018, a fourth member, a woman of color named Bliss, was introduced to the show for a special episode.
Dove Cameron will star as a Bubbles who is more focused on becoming famous again than saving lives. You’ll remember Cameron for her roles on the Disney Channel, including a starring role in the sitcom Liv & Maddie. Cameron caused waves last year when she tweeted that her character, Maddie, was “definitely gay.”
And Chloe Bennet will portray Blossom, who a press release notes will struggle to grapple with “kiddie-superhero trauma.” The role comes after Bennet featured in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., a show that broke major round for Marvel’s film and TV projects by bringing some of the few openly gay characters in its cinematic universe to light.
Diablo Cody, director of Juno and Young Adult, will serve as executive producer and writer on this Gen-Z Powerpuff Girls reboot The Oscar winner previously co-created the Showtime dramedy United States of Tara and the semi-autobiographical Amazon Prime series Old Mississippi.
According to insiders, the reboot is set to premiere on the CW mid-2022.
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