Laura Benanti is departing the CW actioner SUPERGIRL and passing the role on to Erica Durance. Benanti played Alura, the mother of the titular hero, and her sister, Astra, who was killed in the first season. Durance will be playing Alura.
So far in the series, Alura has only been seen in flashbacks as Kara remembers her childhood and the day her mother sent her to Earth before the planet Krypton was destroyed. Durance previously played Lois Lane on Smallville. She joins a growing list of stars from former DC projects including Dean Cain (Lois & Clark), Helen Slater (Supergirl film), Lynda Carter (Wonder Woman), and Teri Hatcher (Lois & Clark).
“Unfortunately Laura, who Greg and I have worked with for years going back to Eli Stone, was unable to continue in the role due to work commitments in NY,” said executive producer Andrew Kreisberg. “But we are so blessed that Erica has come aboard to offer her own interpretation of Kara’s mother. We had tremendous success with a former Lois Lane last season with Teri Hatcher. We know Erica will continue the proud tradition of legacy actors joining our shows and creating new and exciting takes on classic DC characters.”
Since Smallville, Durance has starred on the TV series Saving Hope, which is wrapping its final season, and had a voice role in Tim and Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie.
She is repped by PMG Management.
Emily J | Staff Writer