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Who Could Replace Chloe Bennet As Blossom In Powerpuff Girls?

The live-action "Powerpuff Girls" reboot set to make its way to The CW has faced an uphill battle pretty much every step of the way of its production. Reboots generally come with a healthy dose of skepticism from fans no matter what, but things went from okay to worse in a matter of months. From production photo leaks that looked less than impressive to a fairly cringey pilot script, people have torn apart this project from the beginning. 

It's a shame, seeing how the idea has potential, but it almost seems like there's a "Powerpuff" curse at this point. Chloe Bennet ("Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D."), who was initially cast as Blossom in the series, stepped down as the red-headed wonder for unexplained reasons. Fans think Bennet's walking out could relate to her coming back into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, possibly in "Secret Invasion," but those rumors are unfounded as of this writing. 

As for now, the show needs a new lead. Fortunately, we have some ideas of who could feasibly fight alongside Bubbles (Dove Cameron) and Buttercup (Yana Perrault). 

Note: This is all just speculation. There's no indication any of these actresses are even under consideration, but we figured it would be fun to throw a few names out there we think would be awesome in the role.

Lana Condor would make for a fiery Blossom

Lana Condor is best known for playing the lead role in the hit Netflix rom-com trilogy "To All the Boys I've Loved Before." However, many people may not realize that before she broke boys' hearts, her very first professional acting role was as Jubilee in "X-Men: Apocalypse." She also starred in the short-lived comic book TV series "Deadly Class," but "The Powerpuff Girls" live-action series could finally be the superhero project that sticks. 

In an interview with Collider, she spoke about how she couldn't come back to "Dark Phoenix" due to the "To All the Boys I've Loved Before" series. But she brought up, "I hope X-Men lives on so hopefully in the future I'll be able to go back to that family because it's where I feel very indebted and loyal to." Of course, the X-Men now belong to Disney and will be integrated into the MCU at some point, but if Condor has a superhero itch she's trying to scratch, we think we know the perfect project for her to become part of ...

Peyton List knows how to fight

It's safe to say a fair amount of action scenes will take place in the "Powerpuff Girls" reboot. After all, they still have to defend Townsville, and with Mojo Jojo Jr. (Nicholas Podany) out there somewhere, there are bound to be other iterations of classic villains for the girls to fight. 

If The CW were looking for someone who's already had ample training in hand-to-hand combat, producers should look into Peyton List of "Cobra Kai" fame. She plays Tory Nichols on the show, who's demonstrated time and time again that she's ruthless in the ring. And believe it or not, many of the fight scenes Tory's in actually feature Peyton List instead of a stunt double. 

She worked tirelessly to develop the skills needed for "Cobra Kai." She revealed in an interview with Hello! Magazine, "I had never taken any form of martial arts before 'Cobra Kai' so I worked for hours in the training gym on set. When I'm off set, I'll take STRONG Nation's high-intensity martial arts inspired classes, specifically with their master trainer, Ai Lee Syarief, who is a worldwide karate champion." Chloe Bennet also had her fair share of action training with her time on "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." Putting List in the role would mean they wouldn't have to start from square one to practice fight moves.

Willa Holland is already in The CW family

For eight years, Willa Holland played Thea Queen on "Arrow." The show went off the air in 2020 after successfully launching its shared TV universe with "The Flash" and "Legends of Tomorrow" among its ranks. Since the show ended, Holland has been pretty quiet with not much in the way of projects coming down the pipeline, which seems to be a trend with many people in the "Arrow" cast

Since she doesn't have anything in the works and is already friendly with a lot of people over at The CW, she would make a great pick as Blossom. Like Peyton List, she also has some action training fighting alongside her brother, Oliver (Stephen Amell), in the former CW series. While Thea Queen was initially a damsel in distress on "Arrow," she suited up as Speedy as the seasons went on and kicked plenty of butt.

This would be a particularly appropriate casting decision, seeing how Speedy's superhero outfit was red, and Blossom is known for her red hair and red attire. 

Lyrica Okano could go from one superhero to another

Superhero TV shows are a significant commitment, so the problem with pulling anyone from something like "Titans" or "The Boys" is that any actresses on those shows will be busy. It would be ideal for a former superhero actress to come into the role of Blossom, and that's where Lyrica Okano from "Marvel's Runaways" comes into the picture.

She played Nico Minoru on the former Hulu series, a Wiccan with the ability to manipulate the Staff of One. The character's a bit of a Goth, whereas Blossom is more of the bookworm, valedictorian type. But Okano has had plenty of other versatile roles. So we're confident she could adapt and blend into the part. 

Speculation suggests Hulu canceled "Marvel's Runaways" due to low ratings. The cancelation also went in tandem with the end of many Marvel Netflix series, and the impending premieres of Marvel shows on Disney+. The show could've gone on a lot longer if it had a better situation under its feet, but Okano deserves another shot of suiting up in a superhero outfit.

Nikki SooHoo has already been red-hot as Azula

Nikki SooHoo is an actress on the rise, and there are excellent reasons you need to become familiar. She's appeared in several TV shows from "The Suite Life of Zack & Cody" to "Heathers." You may recognize her voice from the "Star Wars Resistance" animated series, but there's one role, in particular, you need to see to convince you that SooHoo would make a perfect Blossom.

In 2020, a fan film titled "Avatar the Last Airbender: Agni Kai" came out to pay tribute to the cartoon countless people adore. Much of its 10-minute runtime sees Azula (SooHoo) duke it out with Zuko (Yoshi Sudarso) to see who will assume control of the Fire Nation. SooHoo perfectly embodies Azula's cold, calculating nature, and it's easy to see a scenario where a similar bossy persona would feel right at home with Blossom on "The Powerpuff Girls."

These are a few of our ideas. Keep checking back to see who ultimately ends up with the role.