Tala Ashe, whose credits include American Odyssey, Smash, 30 Rock and Law & Order, has joined the cast of DC’s Legends of Tomorrow. Ashe will take on the role of Zari Adrianna Tomaz as the superheroine Isis. The character is described by the network as a Muslim-American woman from the year 2030 who lives in a world of contradictions:
“Technology has brought about incredible change in her future — too bad human nature hasn’t kept pace. Fear, prejudice and a lack of care for the planet have forced Zari to become a “’grey hat hacktivist.’ A computer nerd with a wry, combative attitude. A woman living a double life who doesn’t realize that she has secret, latent powers derived from an ancient, mystical source.”
The character was introduced in 1975 on the live-action CBS series The Secrets of Isis starring Joanna Cameron. DC reintroduced the character in 2002 as a goddess and then, in 2006, as an Egyptian woman named Adrianna Tomaz. In the series 52, she is given the magical Amulet of Isis by Black Adam and Captain Marvel, which imbued her with a range of abilities, including healing and control over nature.
DC’s Legends of Tomorrow returns Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT this fall on The CW. The season synopsis is as follows:
After the defeat of Eobard Thawne and his equally nefarious Legion of Doom, the Legends face a new threat created by their actions at the end of last season. In revisiting a moment in time that they had already participated in, they have essentially fractured the timeline and created anachronisms — a scattering of people, animals, and objects all across time! Our team must find a way to return all the anachronisms to their original timelines before the time stream falls apart. But before our Legends can jump back into action, Rip Hunter (Arthur Darvill) and his newly established Time Bureau call their methods into question. With the Time Bureau effectively the new sheriffs in town, the Legends disband — until Mick Rory (Dominic Purcell) discovers one of them in the middle of his well-deserved vacation in Aruba. Seeing this as an opportunity to continue their time travelling heroics, Sara (Caity Lotz) wastes no time in getting the Legends back together. We reunite with billionaire inventor Ray Palmer (Brandon Routh), the unconventional historian-turned-superhero Nick Heywood (Nick Zano), and Professor Martin Stein (Victor Garber) and Jefferson “Jax” Jackson (Franz Drameh), who together form the meta-human Firestorm. Once reunited, the Legends will challenge the Time Bureau’s authority over the timeline and insist that however messy their methods may be, some problems are beyond the Bureau’s capabilities. Some problems can only be fixed by Legends. Based on the characters from DC, DC’S LEGENDS OF TOMORROW is from Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Berlanti Productions and Warner Bros. Television, with executive producers Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim, Andrew Kreisberg, Phil Klemmer and Sarah Schechter.