The CW and Warner Bros. Television is now recasting the lead role of ‘Batwoman‘ as Ruby Rose leaves the show.
Actress Ruby Rose, the star of the CW’s new drama series ‘Batwoman’ is leaving the Warner Bros. Television drama series after one season. The show, which the CW renewed for a second season, will continue with the series and recasting the lead role.
“I have made the very difficult decision to not return to Batwoman next season,” Rose said in a statement “This was not a decision I made lightly as I have the utmost respect for the cast, crew and everyone involved with the show in both Vancouver and in Los Angeles.”
According to Deadline, her departure is not released to the stunt injury she sustained during filming of Season 1, which left her facing paralysis and emergency surgery. Deadline reports she decided to leave the show after looking back on the first season and its challenges. The show, which is shot in Vancouver, was cut short due to the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.
Deadline says Ruby Rose was not accustomed to working long hours on a network TV show. “I hear Rose, whose most extensive previous TV gig was a nine-episode arc on Orange Is the New Black, was not happy, and the show’s team was not happy to a point where noone could see this going for another season. It was not a good fit, and the studio and the star opted to part ways.”
“I am beyond appreciative to Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter and Caroline Dries for not only giving me this incredible opportunity, but for welcoming me into the DC universe they have so beautifully created,” she said. “Thank you Peter Roth and Mark Pedowitz and the teams at Warner Bros. and The CW who put so much into the show and always believed in me. Thank you to everyone who made season one a success – I am truly grateful.”
Berlanti Productions and Warner Bros. TV said in a joint statement their commitment to casting another LGBTQ actress for the lead role.
“Warner Bros. Television, The CW and Berlanti Productions thank Ruby for her contributions to the success of our first season and wish her all the best,” the two companies said. “The studio and network are firmly committed to Batwoman’s second season and long-term future, and we — along with the show’s talented creative team — look forward to sharing its new direction, including the casting of a new lead actress and member of the LGBTQ community, in the coming months.”
According to Deadline, Warner Bros. Television is looking for acting students whose final year of training and traditional showcases have been delayed due to the pandemic.
Warner Bros. casting department will review all submissions, and a select group of applicants will be invited to submit audition tapes and meet with Warner Bros. casting executives.
The casting initiative is set up to reach out to students 18-years-of-age or older who have had their final year of training and affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and comes when school closures and cancelations of networking opportunities are affecting the dreams of aspiring actors across the country.
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