Your favorite childhood cartoon is back! Except it's not a cartoon anymore, and it's not really for children. The CW is creating a live-action reboot of The Powerpuff Girls and just unveiled its cast; Chloe Bennet, Dove Cameron, and Yana Perrault will take on the roles of Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup respectively.
Here's everything we know about the live-action reboot starring our favorite citizens of Townsville.
THE PLOT IS COMPLETELY DIFFERENT.
The original cartoon followed three sisters with superpowers who were accidentally created by their dad (the appropriately named Professor Utonium) when he added "Chemical X" to his combo of "sugar, spice, and everything nice" in his casual basement laboratory, leading to this whole situation:
But in The CW's alternate reality, instead of being optimistic teeny town heroes, the Powerpuff Girls are actually weary twenty-somethings who resent their childhood. Check out the plot:
"Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup used to be America's pint-sized superheroes. Now, they're disillusioned twenty-somethings who resent having lost their childhoods to crimefighting. When the world needs them more than ever, will they agree to reunite?"
Sounds surprisingly angsty! TBD on how this goes over with fans.
THE SHOW HAS SECURED ITS MAIN CAST MEMBERS.
World, meet Blossom (Chloe Bennet), Bubbles (Dove Cameron), and Buttercup (Yana Perrault), who are set to
fight evil be resentful twenty-somethings in the near future.
Chloe Bennet as Blossom
Chloe will play the trio's de facto leader, and she celebrated her casting with a bunch of screenshots of the original cartoon Blossom, naturally.
Here's the deal with the reboot's adult Blossom, according to Deadline: "Although she was a spunky, conscientious, Little-Miss-Perfect child who holds several advanced degrees, Blossom's repressed kiddie-superhero trauma has left her feeling anxious and reclusive, and she aims to become a leader again—this time on her own terms."
Dove Cameron as Bubbles
Dove confirmed her very appropriate casting news on Insta, writing "the city of townsville. is uNDER ATTACK #diablocody!!!"
And here's what grown-up Bubbles is up to:
"Her sweet-girl disposition won America's hearts as a child, and she still sparkles as an adult, but her charming exterior belies an unexpected toughness and wit. She's initially more interested in recapturing her fame than saving the world, but she just might surprise us and herself."
Yana Perrault as Buttercup
"Bag secured," Yana wrote on Instagram after her exciting Buttercup casting news broke on March 9. "(no really v grateful, this is too dreamy to believe, so many feelings, still processing, on cloud 9)."
Here's what the show has in mind for Yana's Buttercup:
"She was the rebellious badass of the Powerpuff Girls in its heyday. More sensitive than her tough exterior suggests, Buttercup has spent her adulthood trying to shed her Powerpuff Girl identity and live an anonymous life."
THERE'S NO PREMIERE DATE FOR THE POWERPUFF GIRLS JUST YET.
Despite the buzz around the project, there's still a lot up in the air since it was announced back in August 2020. The premiere date, full plot, and a confirmed first season (beyond just the pilot) have yet to come through.
If the lack of a timeline is bumming you out though, fear not friend! Figuring out how to watch the original The Powerpuff Girls is fairly straightforward. You can rewatch episodes from six seasons of the 1998 hit right this way:
WRITERS AND DIRECTORS ARE ALREADY ATTACHED TO THE PILOT.
According to Deadline, Diablo Cody (of Juno and upcoming Madonna biopic fame) and Heather Regnier (who wrote episodes of Veronica Mars and Sleepy Hollow) wrote the pilot, which is being directed by Maggie Kiley (who recently directed episodes of Katy Keene and Riverdale). What a stacked lineup!
TBD on where this Powerpuff project goes from here, but watch this space for updates as we get them. And with that, here's a pic of the Powerpuff Girls' #1 fan Billie Eilish to hold you over in the meantime:
This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.com. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.