Chloe Bennet has left the live-action Powerpuff Girls show. According to Variety, the actor departed the project thanks to scheduling conflicts. Bennet was set to play Blossom, with Dove Cameron as Bubbles, and Yana Perrault as Buttercup. Bennet is perhaps best known for portraying Daisy “Skye” Johnson in Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD TV series.
Earlier this year, the choice was taken to transform the pilot episode, and while Variety says Warner Bros. was curious about keeping Bennet onboard, her schedule meant she had to depart. Casting for a replacement Blossom will reportedly start within the fall. Juno director Diablo Cody and Veronica Mars screenwriter Heather Regnier wrote the pilot, currently titled Powerpuff, while Riverdale and Chilling Adventures of Sabrina director Maggie Kiley helmed the episode. The series is claimed to ascertain the three Powerpuff Girls all grown up, but disillusioned after spending their childhood as crime-fighting superheroes.
The pilot saw Donald Faison play their father Professor Utonium, with Nicholas Podany as Joseph “Jojo” Mondel Jr., a version of Mojo Jojo, and Robyn Lively as Sara Bellum. Per Variety, these actors are in talks to return. “The reason we do pilots is usually things miss, this was just a miss,” Mark Pedowitz, chairman and CEO of The CW Television Network, said of the pilot’s overhaul back in May. “We believe the cast completely, we believe Diablo and Heather, the writers… during this case, the pilot didn’t work.” (H/T Deadline)
There’s no update on a possible release window just yet, but it’s looking just like the live-action Powerpuff Girls remains an extended way off. While you wait, inspect our roundup of the simplest Netflix shows to fill out your watchlist. I’m a contract Entertainment Writer here at GamesRadar+, covering all things film and television for our Total Film and SFX sections. I previously worked on the Disney magazines team at Immediate Media, and also wrote on the CBeebies, MEGA!, and Star Wars Galaxy titles after getting my BA in English.