History was made today when it was announced that Colombian actress Sasha Calle,22, landed the role of Supergirl. She is now the first Latina actress to play Supergirl in DC universe and was chosen from more than 425 actresses who auditioned, Deadline exclusively reported. She will make her debut in Warner Bros’ upcoming film, The Flash.The Boston native is known for her role as Lola Rosales on The Young and the Restless for which she was nominated last year in the Outstanding Young Performer in a Drama series category at the Daytime Emmys. She also co-starred in the Youtube limited series, Socially Awkward.
Argentine filmmaker Andrés “Andy” Muschietti, who is directing the film, posted a video on Instagram showing the moment he revealed to Calle that she got the role.
“Do you fly?” to which she responds, “No, what do you mean?” and he then pulls out the Supergirl outfit and says, “do you want to?” An emotional Calle has no words at first then asks, “can I freak out for a second?” before announcing to someone off camera that she got the role. “I’m probably not going to stop crying all day,” she said.
“I saw more than four hundred auditions,” Muschietti told Deadline. “The US, Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, Colombia. The talent pool was truly amazing and it was very hard to make a decision, but we finally found an actress who was destined to play this role.”
mush. 🙃 pic.twitter.com/FSwfTdZ6Lq
— Sasha Calle (@SashaCalle) September 2, 2019
In the DC universe, Supergirl is Kara Danvers (born Kara Zor-El), Superman’s cousin from the planet Krypton and known as “”Last Daughter of Krypton”. The character made her live-action debut in the 1984 Supergirl film played by Helen Slater, and Melissa Benoist played the role for 5 seasons on The CW’s Supergirl, as well as the network’s various Arrow-verse crossovers.
The film will star Ezra Miller, reviving the role he played in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, Suicide Squad, and Justice League. The standalone film has gone through several revisions before the latest script by Christina Hodson (Birds of Prey, Bumblebee) got the greenlight, Collider reported. The Flash is reportedly scheduled to hit theaters on November 4, 2022.
The news comes after TV writer Dailyn Rodriguez (Queen of the South) revealed that the series Wonder Girl, which would’ve featured a Latina lead, had not been picked up by CW. The show was to feature Latina superhero, Yara Flor, born of an Amazonian Warrior and a Brazilian River God who discovers she’s Wonder Girl.
The casting of a Colombian actress to play a superhero of this caliber is certainly a step in the right direction when it comes to representation and diversity in Hollywood.