Orange is the New Black star Ruby Rose, who identifies as gender fluid, has officially been cast as The CW’s Batwoman. The out model- actress rose to fame after joining the cast of Netflix’s Orange is the New Black in season 3 as Stella Carlin.
The network announced during the May upfront that Batwoman would be making an appearance in the annual DCTV crossover event which combines all the Arrow-verse shows – Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, and Legends of Tomorrow for an epic multi-night crossover, marking the first time the character appears in a live action setting.
At San Diego Comic-Con in July, it was announced that not only would the character appear during the crossover, but prolific producer/creator Greg Berlanti and his team including Sarah Schetcher and Geoff Johns, along with Caroline Dries (The Vampire Diaries) are developing a Batwoman series for the network. This week, at the TCA Press Tour, CW president Mark Pedowitz offered this update on the series, “We’ll do a pilot for mid-season, whether it goes to series, I cannot tell you. We have five (DC Shows) on the air and just added a sixth night.”
The logline for the Batwoman series is very true to the source material: Kate Kane, armed with a passion for social justice and a flair for speaking her mind, soars onto the streets of Gotham as Batwoman, an out lesbian and highly trained street fighter primed to snuff out the failing city’s criminal resurgence. But don’t call her a hero yet. In a city desperate for a savior, Kate must overcome her own demons before embracing the call to be Gotham’s symbol of hope.
In 2016, Ruby won a Screen Actors Guild® Award for “Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series” for her role on the show. Since then she has had prominent roles on the big screen in Pitch Perfect 3, Resident Evil: Final Chapter, XXX: The Return of Xander Cage and John Wick: Chapter 2 starring opposite Keanu Reeves, Common, and Ian McShane. She’s also in the upcoming killer shark movie The Meg starring Jason Statham on August 10.
The Meg based on Steve Alten’s 1997 novel “Meg: A Novel of Deep Terror.” The Meg is centered on an international underwater observation program, led by Chinese scientists, that comes under attack by an unknown danger. With its deep-sea submersible disabled and trapped at the bottom of the Mariana Trench.
Rose’s additional acting credits include the indie film Around the Block in which she starred alongside Christina Ricci, which debuted at the Toronto Film Festival in September 2013. Ruby also appears in Sheep’n’Wolves, an animated feature, which tells the story of a magical land where a flock of sheep find their carefree days interrupted by a pack of wolves who move to a nearby ravine.
A multi-hyphenate, Rose’s talent also extends across fashion and music. In 2016 she became the face of Urban Decay Cosmetics and in 2017 became the face of Swarovski jewelry and Nike.
Ruby Rose is a fervent supporter of many charities, including the causes closest to her heart, such as Anti Bullying, Women and Gay Rights, Animal Welfare and Youth Mental Health. Rose was most recently awarded with the Stephen F. Kolzak Award at the 2016 GLAAD Media Awards, which is presented to an LGBT media professional who has made a significant difference in promoting equality and acceptance. In 2015 Rose also wrote, produced, and starred in the short film Break Free, a tribute to gender fluidity that became a viral hit, garnering more than 25 million views on YouTube.