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Nashville and Law & Order: SVU actress Laura Benanti has been cast in the upcoming CBS superhero drama Supergirl. She will play the key recurring role of Kara's birth mother Alura Zor-El.

The character is described as a strong noblewoman. Alura sends Kara to Earth to escape Krypton’s destruction. Her wisdom and guidance echoes across space and time, proving invaluable on Kara’s journey toward becoming Supergirl.

Based on the DC Comics character, Supergirl, from Greg Berlanti and Ali Adler, centers on Kara Zor-El who, at the age of 24, decides to embrace the superhuman abilities she shares with her cousin Superman, and be the hero she was always meant to be.

(Source: Deadline)

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