Chloe Bennet, one of the three lead stars of the Powerpuff Girls live-action series, has reportedly stepped down from the show.
Bennet was set to play Blossom (center in photo), the group's leader in the network’s first pass on reworking the classic Cartoon Network animated series into a live-action show.
An insider told Variety that while making new deals for Powerpuff to extend the actors’ availability for the new pilot cycle, Bennet did not sign her offer due to scheduling conflicts. Casting for the third Powerpuff girl will reportedly begin in the fall.
Bennet is best known for her role in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, where she starred as Daisy “Skye” Johnson, a.k.a Quake, throughout the show’s seven-season run. Her other notable roles include the ABC music drama Nashville and the animated Dreamworks film Abominable.
Dove Cameron and Yana Perrault are still attached to play Bubbles and Buttercup, respectively. The show’s executive producers Heather Regnier and Diablo Cody are also still attached to the series.
Talks are currently ongoing with other cast members who appeared in the original pilot, including Donald Faison as Professor Drake Utonium, Nicholas Podany as the show’s version of villain Mojo Jojo named Joseph “Jojo” Mondel Jr., and Robyn Lively as Sara Bellum.
Powerpuff has been in the works since 2020 and was originally set for a fall 2021 debut. However, the pilot for the live-action reboot had to be reshot amid internal talks of being too “campy” or in bad taste.
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