The Powerpuff Girls is being reimagined for a new generation and mixing the special formula of sugar, spice and everything nice to create the live-action heroes is Professor Drake Utonium.
The CW recently unveiled its three leads, Chloe Bennet, Dove Cameron, and Yana Perrault, who will portray Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup, respectively, and now they’ve revealed who will be playing Professor Utonium and it’s a v. familiar face: Donald Faison of Scrubs and Clueless fame.
Variety reports that Faison’s Professor is “quirky, debonair, and a pinch narcissistic. He is a scientific genius who is immensely proud of the three extraordinary girls he created in his lab. Staring down a midlife crisis, he is determined to repair his relationships with his now-adult daughters.”
The CW (AKA the legends behind Riverdale, Supernatural, Arrow, the Charmed reboot etc) announced last year that they were working on a reboot of the iconic Cartoon Network animation, which was recently renamed as Powerpuff.
Variety reported at the time that The Powerpuff Girls will be reimagined for a new generation of girl power, conveying our three leading lasses (pink leader Blossom, ballsy green gal Buttercup and cute blue bb Bubbles) as “disillusioned twentysomethings who resent having lost their childhood to crime fighting.”
The show ran for six seasons and 78 episodes between 1998 and 2005. The Powerpuff Girls Movie was released in 2002, while a rebooted animated series began airing on Cartoon Network in 2016.
As you’ll remember from the good old days, the original series’ premise was that Professor Utonium accidentally created the primary school-aged super team by combining sugar, spice, and everything nice with the mysterious Chemical X.