CBS’ ‘Supergirl’ Finds its Non in ‘Transporter’ Star Chris Vance
Fall TV has already brought us an avalanche of superheroes from The Flash to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., leaving Supergirl the outlier with an October 26 premiere. Still, Superman’s cousin isn’t shy about beefing up her power pack, adding Transporter TV series star Chris Vance in the role of Kryptonian villain “Non.”
The Hollywood Reporter broke word of Chris Vance’s Non casting, described as a recurring role that begins in the eighth episode, providing a major threat to Kara Zor-El. So reads the formal character preview:
The character is described as a former scientist in a league with the House of El. Non is a brutal Kryptonian military officer who is sinister, powerful and angry. He’s the antithesis of all things Supergirl (Melissa Benoist) stands for. Non will quickly become Supergirl’s greatest threat.
For as nondescript (heh) a name as the character has, many will remember Jack O’Halloran’s memorably imposing take on the character in Richard Donner’s Superman II. Premiering Monday, October 26, so reads the official CBS logline for Supergirl:
SUPERGIRL is an action-adventure drama based on the DC Comics character Kara Zor-El (Melissa Benoist), Superman’s (Kal-El) cousin who, after 12 years of keeping her powers a secret on Earth, decides to finally embrace her superhuman abilities and be the hero she was always meant to be. Twelve-year-old Kara escaped the doomed planet Krypton with her parents’ help at the same time as the infant Kal-El. Protected and raised on Earth by her foster family, the Danvers, Kara grew up in the shadow of her foster sister, Alex (Chyler Leigh), and learned to conceal the phenomenal powers she shares with her famous cousin in order to keep her identity a secret.
Years later at 24, Kara lives in National City assisting media mogul and fierce taskmaster Cat Grant (Golden Globe Award winner Calista Flockhart), who just hired the Daily Planet’s former photographer, James Olsen (Mehcad Brooks), as her new art director.
However, Kara’s days of keeping her talents a secret are over when Hank Henshaw (David Harewood), head of a super-secret agency where her sister also works, enlists her to help them protect the citizens of National City from sinister threats. Though Kara will need to find a way to manage her newfound empowerment with her very human relationships, her heart soars as she takes to the skies as Supergirl to fight crime.
Greg Berlanti (“The Flash,” “Arrow”), Ali Adler, Sarah Schecter and Andrew Kreisberg are executive producers for Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television. The pilot was directed by Glen Winter (“Arrow”).
In addition, Supergirl features Glenn Morshower and Jenna Dewan-Tatum as Sam and Lucy Lane, Brit Morgan as Livewire, Peter Facinelli as Maxwell Lord, Chris Browning as Reactron, Iddo Goldberg as Red Tornado, Owain Yeoman as DC’s Vartox, Iron Man villain Faran Tahir as The Commander, Smash star Jeremy Jordan as Toyman, former Super-stars Dean Cain and Helen Slater as Kara’s adoptive Danvers parents, and Laura Benanti as Kara’s Kryptonian mother Alura.
In the meantime, check out the latest Supergirl trailers below, as we count down to the October 26 premiere.