The “Stargirl” galaxy is expanding, with Anjelika Washington joining the DC Universe streaming service show as a series regular, it was announced Friday.
Though Washington’s role is being kept under wraps for now, she will play a “familiar” DC Comics character, according to series executive producer and writer Geoff Johns. Washington joins Brec Bassinger, who was cast as the title character in September.
“Anjelika Washington is a bright, funny and unbelievably talented actor and I’m thrilled to have her join the cast alongside Brec,” said Johns in a statement. “We’re withholding the character she’s playing for now, but it’ll be one familiar to DC Comics fans!”
“Stargirl” follows high school sophomore Courtney Whitmore (Bassinger), who inspires an unlikely group of young heroes to stop the villains of the past. The show will feature a new take on the Justice Society of America, DC Comics’ first superhero team created by editor Sheldon Mayer and writer Gardner Fox in 1940. The team has since been rebooted several times, most notably for a 2006-2011 version written by Johns that featured Stargirl as a mentor to other young heroes — including Johns creations Cyclone and Lightning.
From Berlanti Productions and Mad Ghost Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television, “Stargirl” is executive produced by Greg Berlanti, Geoff Johns and Sarah Schechter. Johns, who created Stargirl for DC Comics in 1999 as a tribute to his late sister, is writing the first episode.
Washington previously starred opposite John Hawkes in the Amazon pilot “The Legend of Master Legend,” guest-starred this year on Showtime’s “Shameless” and the CBS series “Young Sheldon,” and appeared in the Go90 web series “Versus.”
She’s repped by Innovative Artists and Haven Entertainment.