Supergirl season 5 adds Mitch Pileggi and Cara Buono in recurring roles
Deadline has brought word that the upcoming fifth season of The CW’s comic book series Supergirl has landed The X-Files vet Mitch Pileggi and Stranger Things alum Cara Buono for recurring roles as ancient alien beings.
Supergirl stars Melissa Benoist (Glee) as Kara Danvers/Supergirl, Mehcad Brooks as James Olsen, Chyler Leigh (Grey’s Anatomy) as Alex Danvers, Jeremy Jordan as Winslow ‘Winn’ Schott, Katie McGrath (Merlin) as Lena Luthor, Jess Rath as Brainiac 5, and David Harewood as Hank Henshaw/J’onn J’onnz. Last season, Sam Witwer, Rhona Mitra, and Bruce Boxleitner joined the cast to portray the roles of Agent Liberty, Mercy Graves, and Vice President Baker, respectively.
Buono is set to star as Gamemnae, who has been safeguarding Earth from the foolishness of humanity throughout history alongside others of her species whose main goal is to conquer humanity through technology. She is described as “cunning, witty, ruthless” and her agenda puts her on a collision course with the titular hero.
Pileggi will recur as Rhama Khan, who has the ability to control the four ancient elements, earth, fire, water and air, and has been entrusted with the powers to protect the Earth from humanity for millions of years, but a new agenda puts him on the warpath with Supergirl and Lena.
In season 5, Benoist will be making her directorial debut with the fifth season’s episode 17. She will be the second cast member to direct an episode of the series following David Harewood, who helm an episode last season. Julie Gonzalo (Veronica Mars) and Staz Nair (Game of Thrones) have also joined the cast for the new season.
Based on the DC characters created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, the series is executive produced by Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter, Robert Rovner, and Jessica Queller. Supergirl is produced by Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television.
The series is scheduled to return on October 6.
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