After Cartoon Network's most recent The Powerpuff Girls reboot failed to fully revitalize the animated series' fanbase, one might have expected the franchise to lie dormant for a while. But nobody can keep Blossom Bubbles and Buttercup out of the limelight for long, and The CW's upcoming live-action reboot has taken a big step forward by casting its three titular heroes with two awesome Marvel actresses and a musician: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. vets Chloe Bennet and Dove Cameron, as well as Broadway star Yana Perrault.
That's right, the new Powerpuff Girls show has secured a trio of powerful women to bring the animated kindergarteners into adulthood. According to THR, Chloe Bennet was tapped to portray Blossom Utonium, whose too-perfect childhood led to her securing advanced college degrees. While she is a bit of a social wallflower due to her repressed childhood trauma, it's her goal to rise up to became a leader once more, though not guided by others' motivations.
Meanwhile, Dove Cameron will play Bubbles Ultonium, who won over America as a young girl with her adorbs sweetness. As an adult, her charm is mixed with a toughness formed over time, and a wit to match. Don't be too fooled by her outward demeanor making it appear as if she's more invested on becoming famous again than on doing actual heroics, for there's more to Bubbles than meets the eye. Having been one of the stars of Disney's The Descendants franchise, as well as the villainous Ruby Hale on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Cameron knows quite a bit about battling heroes. But to counter that, the Liv and Maddie vet also voiced Ghost-Spider in the Marvel Rising shorts, so she's well-rounded enough for the outspoken Bubbles.
Finally, Yana Perrault will star as Buttercup Ultonium, who has spent much of her life trying to shake off the tough and rebellious persona that she embraced during the group's rise to greatness. She's a more sensitive person in her 20s and, like Blossom, isn't necessarily seeking attention and acclaim like Bubbles is. Similar to Dove Cameron, Perrault is known for her music as much as her acting. She most recently appeared in the Broadway musical take on Alanis Morissette's album Jagged Little Pill, so it's feasible that she'll be bringing some of that project's verve over to The Powerpuff Girls-verse.
While Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. fanatics have been clamoring for Chloe Bennet to return to the MCU to reprise the role of Daisy "Quake" Jones, but it seems like that might have to take a step back, assuming any plans for it even existed. At least we know that Bennet won't be powerless for very long.
It's not yet known when The Powerpuff Girls will make its live-action debut on The CW, but hopefully we'll all hear an announcer's voice introducing us all to the new trio someday soon.
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