10:08am PT by Kate Stanhope
'Legends of Tomorrow' Season 3 Adds Muslim-American Superhero
There's a new superhero coming to The CW's Legends of Tomorrow.
Tala Ashe has joined the cast of The CW drama's third season as a series regular, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
Ashe will play Zari Adrianna Tomaz, a Muslim-American woman from the year 2030 who is living in a world of contradictions. Technology has elicited incredible change in her future — however, human nature hasn’t kept pace. Fear, prejudice and a lack of care for the planet have forced Zari to become a “gray hat hacktivist.” A computer nerd with a wry, combative attitude, she is a woman living a double life who doesn’t realize that she has secret, latent powers derived from an ancient, mystical source.
In season three, Zari becomes a new member of the team onboard the Waverider.
Ashe is best known for her roles on Smash and more recently American Odyssey. She is repped by Don Buchwald and Associates, and Primary Wave Entertainment.
This is the latest cast change at Legends of Tomorrow, which saw the departure of Ciara Renee and Falk Hentschel after season one. Wentworth Miller only returned as a guest star for season two after being a series regular in season one. However, the ensemble also added several new faces in its second season, including Nick Zano, Matt Letscher and Maisie Richardson-Sellers.
News of Ashe's addition comes days after fellow Arrow-verse series Supergirl added a new series regular for season three, the villain Reign (Odette Annable).
The CW's various superhero series have embraced on-camera diversity, changing the ethnicities of several comic book characters for the screen including James Olson (Mehcad Brooks) and Iris West (Candice Patton).
"I wanted to contemporize these comics that I loved growing up and have them reflect the society that we live in now," exec producer Greg Berlanti told THR in 2016. "Those have all been conversations. There's a character we just added to Arrow, Mr. Terrific, who is African American and gay, and then of course we had one of our original Black Canaries [on Arrow] be bisexual. So I'm doing it in a way that's not as overt now, but it's still about working in some of those very real qualities so that everyone feels represented."
Legends of Tomorrow will air Tuesdays at 9 p.m. this fall on The CW.