After audiences universally panned the alleged leaked script for the pilot and it was taken ‘back to the drawing board’ by the network, The CW’s live-action Powerpuff Girls series has now suffered yet another massive blow, as it has been announced that one if its lead actresses, Chloe Bennet, has exited the series.
As first announced by Variety on August 11th, reporting on information provided to them by an inside source “Warner Bros. Television wanted to extend Bennet’s option as they reworked the pilot, but scheduling conflicts forced her to exit instead.”
In the wake of her departure, casting for a new Blossom will begin in the fall.
Of the actors who appeared in Powerpuff’s disastrous pilot, some of whom were seen in a series of previously leaked set photos, only Dove Cameron (Bubbles) and Yana Perrault (Buttercup) are confirmed to still be attached to the show.
According to the trade news outlet, Donald Faison (Professor Utonium), Nicholas Podany (Mojo Jojo’s son), and Robyn Lively (Sara Bellum), are currently engaged in ongoing talks regarding their respective returns.
Written by Diablo Cody (Jennifer’s Body) and Heather Regnier (Sleepy Hollow), the allegedly leaked script saw the eponymous superheroes growing up to become sex-obsessed adults, featuring mention of such events as Bubbles’ ‘nudes’ being leaked and Buttercup hounding after Townsville’s “bi-curious townies.”
The script also depicted Professor Utonium as a stereotypically abusive ‘celebrity dad,’ exploiting his daughters’ childhood celebrity for monetary gain, and even revealed that the original cartoon series was a ‘licensed’ product based on the girls’ real world exploits.
As noted above, Powerpuff is currently being reworked, as according to The CW CEO Mark Pedowitz, the production team felt that “it might’ve felt a little too campy.”
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