Stargirl Series Casts Henry Thomas as Dr. Mid-Nite

Stargirl series casts Henry Thomas as Dr. Mid-Nite

The cast of Stargirl continues to grow. The live-action DC Universe series has cast Henry Thomas (The Haunting of Hill House, Gerald’s Game) as the Golden Age Dr. Mid-Nite, per a report from Entertainment Weekly. Dr. Mid-Nite, who’s alter-ego was surgeon Dr. Charles McNider, is a brilliant and forward-thinking medical pioneer, and a founding member of the Justice Society of America. He also has a pet owl. A different iteration of the character in the second season of  DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, played by Kwesi Ameyaw.

Thomas will join the previously announced Brec Bessinger (School of Rock), Anjelika Washington (Shameless), Joel McHale (Assassination Nation) and Giancarlo Esposito (Breaking BadBetter Call Saul).

Stargirl will follow the story of Courtney Whitmore (Bassinger) who is a smart, athletic and above all else kind girl. This high school teenager’s seemingly perfect life hits a major speedbump when her mother gets married and her new family moves from Los Angeles, California to Blue Valley, Nebraska. Struggling to adapt to a new school, make new friends and deal with a new step-family, Courtney discovers her step-father has a secret; he used to be the sidekick to a superhero. “Borrowing” the long-lost hero’s cosmic staff, Courtney becomes the unlikely inspiration for an entirely new generation of superheroes.

Character creator Geoff Johns will write and produce the series through his Mad Ghost Productions banner alongside Greg Berlanti and Berlanti Productions. This series is not to be confused with Disney’s forthcoming Stargirl, based on the young adult novels from Jerry Spinelli first published in 2000.

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Stargirl joins an increasing roster of new DC-based shows that will be available to the DC Universe service including Titans, the live-action TV series based on the teenage heroes; Young Justice: Outsiders, the long-awaited continuation of the fan-favorite animated series;  Harley Quinn, an all-new animated series starring the villain turned anti-hero; Doom Patrol, a spin-off of the Titans series starring the weirdest group of heroes; and Swamp Thing, an all-new live-action series based on the fan-favorite character.

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