Representation matters. So does casting. And, it seems that Supergirl writer and executive producer Greg Berlanti is recognizing that in season four of his show. Supergirl has put out an open casting call through Cast It Talent for transgendered actresses to play a new trans character.
The character is Nia Nal. The casting call gives a pretty good description of the function she will serve in the season four narrative. Take a look.
“Transgender woman, early 20s, open ethnicity. A confident, wunderkind of a fashionista. Once a political speechwriter, Nia is the newest addition to the Catco investigative reporting team. With her she brings sparkling wit and biting humor but under that banter-y, chic façade, lays a soulful young woman who has much to offer the world. A young ‘Cat Grant’ type.”
Nerdist brought the news to our attention. As they point out, looking for a ‘Cat Grant type’ means Nia Nal will likely fill the hole left by the general absence of Calista Flockhart. And, that’s good news. It means that this character may be here to stay, which could mean a lot to, and for the trans community. There has been a lot of backlash and subsequent (though slow) hollywood enlightenment from hiring cis male actors to play trans women. Berlanti himself has previously acknowledged the lack of transgender representation in the Arrowverse. And, this is a very positive step in the right direction.
Get your headshots ready, ladies! And, go!