Fans of Chloe Bennet awaiting her turn as one of the leads
in the upcoming ‘Powerpuff Girls’ might be in for a disappointment. The American
actress and singer has left The CW show due to “scheduling conflicts”, Variety
reports. CW was, however, unimpressed with the show’s pilot, and decided to redevelop and reshoot it to make up for what chairman and CEO Mark Pedowitz called “a miss.”
CW was, however, unimpressed with the show’s pilot, and decided to redevelop and reshoot it to make up for what chairman and CEO Mark Pedowitz called “a miss.”
“The reason we do pilots is sometimes things miss, this was just a miss,” Mark Pedowitz, chairman and CEO of The CW Television Network, was quoted as saying in May. “We believe in the cast completely, we believe in Diablo and Heather, the writers… in this case, the pilot didn’t work.”
Warner Bros. Television will start looking for Bennet’s
replacement in the fall. Bennet, who is best known for starring as Daisy
Johnson in the ABC superhero drama series Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., was
set to star in the redeveloped pilot as ‘Blossom’. Variety reports that Warner
Bros. were keen on keeping Bennet in the reworked version.
Dove Cameron and Yana Perrault are still attached to the
show as the two other leads Bubbles and Buttercup while the makers are trying to bring back other
cast members of the original pilot including Donald Faison, Nicholas Podany,
and Robyn Lively.
Faison played the role of Professor Utonium, the father of the
superpowers-laden Powerpuff Girls who
have grown disillusioned after fighting criminals in their childhood.
Nicholas Podany starred as Joseph “Jojo” Mondel
Jr., a version of Mojo Jojo, and Robyn Lively as Sara Bellum, in the discarded
pilot, which was written by Juno director Diablo Cody and Veronica Mars
screenwriter Heather Regnier. The episode, currently titled Powerpuff, was
directed by Riverdale and Chilling Adventures of Sabrina director Maggie Kiley.
Based on the Cartoon Network series created by Craig
McCracken, the rebootPowerpuff Girls was first announced to be in development in August