Sasha Calle has just been promoted from the small screen to the big screen…with an “S”.
The Young and The Restless star has been cast as Kara Zor-El aka Supergirl in Andy Muschietti’s The Flash, starring Ezra Miller. Muschietti himself video called her to inform her that she had beat out over 400 other actresses. The link to which is at the end of this article.
Sasha Calle – Who Is She, and How Did She Get The Role?
For the past two years Calle – a Boston, MA native – has portrayed Lola Rosales on CBS’s long-running daytime soap. Last year she scored a Best Supporting Actress Daytime Emmy Award nomination for her story arc. She also stars in the YouTube miniseries Socially Awkward.
Muschietti explains, “I saw more than four hundred auditions. The talent pool was truly amazing and it was very hard to make a decision, but we finally found an actress who was destined to play this role.” Andy followed the same train of thought as Richard Donner and Zack Snyder in casting unknowns rather than established faces. It’s from that path that Christopher Reeve, Henry Cavill, and Gal Gadot became iconic cinematic staples for Superman and Wonder Woman, respectively.
In the Zoom video, Muschietti teases Sasha at first before telling her she has the part with the most visual means: the Supergirl suit in his hands. Sasha, understandably, reacts with much excitement. As to whether Sasha’s character on The Y and The R remains to be seen. Either the character will be offscreen for principal photography, or be recast altogether.
Sasha is the second actress to portray Supergirl in cinema after Helen Slater in 1984, and the first Latina to be awarded the role. In that sense, the Columbian-American actress has broken two barriers. In the last decade Superman’s cousin has been played by Laura Vandervoort in the prequel series Smallville. And of course, most notably, Melissa Benoist has played Kara on the CW’s Supergirl, which enters its fifth and final season soon. Both Slater and Vandervoort have appeared on both shows.
The Flash is loosely based on the Geoff Johns and Andy Kubert comic series Flashpoint. In the original series, speedster Barry Allen travels back in time to prevent his mother’s murder and inadvertedly alters the present. The film is also to be the DCEU’s entry into the DC Multiverse, with Michael Keaton reprising his role as Batman for the first time since 1992. Keaton’s inclusion in the project confirms that every DC cinematic and TV incarnation – past and present – to be canon. This serves to set it apart from the MCU’s concept of the Multiverse. Miller first hinted at this through his cameo on last year’s smallscreen adaptation of Crisis on Infinite Earths in which he and Grant Gustin’s Barry Allen had a face-to-face encounter in The Speed Force. Ben Affleck, who played Bruce Wayne alongside Miller in Justice League, has a prominent role in the plot. Miller’s Flash is one of the few remaining Warners Media DC films that shares the same continuity as Aquaman, Wonder Woman, and Shazam! This film has been billed as a game changer as a means to save the floundering shared universe.
The Flash has recently started production and is slated for release on November 4, 2022.
Click on the link below to view the video on Andy’s Instagram.