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CBS has finally found its "Supergirl": Melissa Benoist.

The young actress, known for her stint on the later seasons of "Glee" and a supporting role in the Oscar-nominated flick "Whiplash," will play the titular heroine in the new CBS show based on the DC Comics character. Benoist reportedly beat out a host of other contenders, after an intensive search for the right actress to fill the role.

The series focuses on Kara Zor-El, Superman's cousin, who also escaped Krypton before the planet exploded. Per the series's official synopsis: "Since arriving on Earth, she's been hiding the powers she shares with her famous cousin. But now at age 24, she decides to embrace her superhuman abilities and be the hero she was always meant to be."

"Supergirl" was co-created by Greg Berlanti (who's shepherded successful CW comic series "Arrow" and "The Flash") and Ali Adler. No word yet on a premiere date; stay tuned for more details.

[via: HitFix]

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