Ruby Rose’s star continues to rise in Hollywood: the Australian actress has been cast as comic book hero Batwoman.

The Orange Is The New Black star will play a gay Batwoman in the CW network’s annual crossover event, which sees characters from The FlashArrowLegends of Tomorrow, and Supergirl make appearances in each other’s shows.

That’s all that’s been officially confirmed so far, but Variety reports Ruby has also been cast in a Batwoman TV series pilot that could become a full series if all goes well.

If the pilot is green lit for a series, Batwoman will become the first superhero TV show that focuses on a lesbian character.

“Armed with a passion for social justice and a flair for speaking her mind, Kate Kane 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,” the CW said in a statement.

Ruby shared the news on Instagram, saying she was “beyond thrilled and honoured”.

“This is a childhood dream. This is something I would have died to have seen on TV when I was a young member of the LGBT community who never felt represented on TV and felt alone and different.”

The CW network’s annual crossover event typically airs in late November.

The former MTV and model made the move from Australia to Hollywood in 2013, then a virtual unknown in the US. She struggled to even find an agent her first couple of years, but eventually hit the big time with Orange Is The New Black. She’s since scored roles in xXx: Return of Xander Cage, Pitch Perfect 3 John Wick: Chapter 2 and The Meg.

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