Casting: Deadpool star boards Persephone, Stargirl adds mystery DC character

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Nov 2, 2018, 4:22 PM EDT

A new sci-fi movie about interstellar survival has just added another actor to its intriguing list of stars — and this one’s positively Negasonic.

Marvel alum Brianna Hildebrand, who plays Negasonic Teenage Warhead in both Deadpool movies, has joined the cast of Persephone as a shuttle pilot named Darcy, according to Deadline. Darcy will butt heads with fellow explorer Tanya Baxter (played by Mary-Louise Parker), an engineer aboard a space mission in search of a new home for threatened Earthlings to colonize.

Hildebrand joins a star cast that includes Parker, Malcom McDowell, Emile Hirsch, and Lance Reddick. Helmed by first-time director Jeffrey Morris, Persephone is set 200 years in the future and follows a trio of astronauts (along with 20,000 colonists) on an interstellar voyage to the Alpha Centauri star system, where the base they’ve established — known as Persephone, or Proxima B — must be bolstered from the harsh elements.

Darcy and Baxter reportedly are set to clash over how to handle a potentially threatening new discovery: that humans aren’t the only species on their new alien home. Morris, whose career to date has been steeped in sci-fi, previously has worked on the animated series Parallel Man, and is also directing a deep-sea sci-fi movie called Oceanus: Odyssey One.

Persephone is early in development and hasn’t yet been picked up for distribution, so stay tuned.


Stargirl, the Greg Berlanti and Geoff Johns executive-produced show in development for the still-young DC Universe streaming service, reportedly has just added Anjelika Washington, who’s most recently appeared on Marvel’s Runaways, to its growing cast. 

According to The Wrap, the role Washington will play is still a mystery, though DC promises that she’ll be a series regular, and that fans will recognize her character. Courtney Whitmore, aka Stargirl herself, will be played by Nickelodeon alum Brec Bassinger

DC Universe has so far only said that Stargirl will arrive on the streaming service sometime next year. When it does, it’ll slot alongside a growing roster of animated and live-action originals that includes flagship series Titans, along with anticipated projects currently in development including shows based on Swamp Thing, Harley Quinn, Batgirl, and Doom Patrol.