Jericho star Amy Smart is joining the cast of the upcoming live-action Stargirl series from DC Universe. With the series set to premiere late 2019, Smart has been tapped to play Barbara Whitmore, Courtney's mother (Brec Bassinger) who is jumping back into the workforce and striving to be the best mother and provider she can be to her daughter, her new husband (Luke Wilson), and her new stepson (Trae Romano).
In addition, Neil Jackson (Absentia, Sleepy Hollow) and newcomer Hunter Sansone are both on board, each playing an "undisclosed DC character."
DC Universe's Stargirl stars Bassinger (Courtney Whitmore aka Stargirl), Wilson (Pat Dugan aka Stripesy/STRIPE), Joel McHale (Sylvester Pemberton aka Starman), Lou Ferrigno Jr. (Rex Tyler aka Hourman), Brian Stapf (Ted Grant aka Wildcat), Henry Thomas (Dr. Charles McNider aka Dr. Mid-Nite), Joy Osmanski (Paula Brooks aka Tigress), Neil Hopkins (Lawrence "Crusher" Crock aka the Sportsmaster), Nelson Lee (Dragon King), and Meg DeLacy (Cindy aka Dragon King's daughter).
Anjelika Washington (Young Sheldon), Yvette Monreal (The Fosters, Faking It), and Christopher James Baker (True Detective), and Jake Austin Walker (Rectify) are also on board, in undisclosed roles.
STARGIRL follows High School sophomore Courtney Whitmore who inspires an unlikely group of young heroes to stop the villains of the past. This new DC Universe series reimagines Stargirl and the very first superhero team, the Justice Society of America, in a fun, exciting and unpredictable series premiering in 2019, produced by Warner Bros. Television, Mad Ghost Productions and Berlanti Productions.
Greg Berlanti, Geoff Johns, and Sarah Schechter will executive produce the streaming service project, based on DC comic book characters created by Johns. In fact, he created the character Stargirl in 1999 to honor his late sister – and even had Wilson in mind when he first wrote the character:
"When I first moved to Los Angeles in 1996 and saw Bottle Rocket, I became a huge fan and admirer of Luke's. And I literally wrote this part for Luke, hoping that someday and somehow he'd play Pat Dugan. I only envisioned him. And now I feel like I won the lottery! Luke's talent, humor, compassion — his presence and professionalism — and his creative collaboration, his ideas — we're so lucky to have him alongside Brec in Stargirl."
Johns will write the season premiere and serve as series showrunner, which is produced by Berlanti Prods. and Mad Ghost Prods. in association with Warner Bros. Television.