Maggie Q. in Talks to Star as the CW’s Nikita!

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Now this is interesting news. Hollywood usually talks a pretty good game about tolerance and being open-minded, but talk is cheap, as they say. And as you can probably tell by all the TV series out there, Hollywod still can’t quite get over the hump of actually putting their money where their mouth is, since let’s face it, white guys and gals are still the leads in almost every single TV show out there. Scratch that. An Asian woman is in talks to land the lead in the CW’s TV reboot of Luc Besson’s “La Femme Nikita”, which is apparently just going by the title “Nikita”.

That woman is Maggie Quigley, aka Maggie Q., who Hong Kong movie fans will recognize instantly, but everyone else might know her as “the tough but sexy Asian chick” from movies like “Mission Impossible 3″ and “Live Free or Die Hard”. (She’s also got “Priest” with Paul Bettany coming out soon.) Obviously if you wanted someone who can look good and kick ass convincingly, you needn’t look farther than Maggie Q. For those who are curious, Q. is the daughter of an American father and a Vietnamese mother, and although she doesn’t scream “Asian”, she won’t exactly be mistaken for “Caucasian”, either.

THR lists Maggie Q.’s hiring as “pending”, which means it’s not yet a done deal. Q. has a thriving movie career in Asia to consider, where she regularly lands female leads, and her Hollywood career ain’t exactly hurting, either. Which makes her jump to TV a bit surprising, so who knows if she changes her mind later on, because frankly, this may be a step down for her, career-wise. Fronting a TV show, even a successful one, doesn’t always translate well into a movie career. Just ask the girl who previously played Nikita successfully for five seasons in a previous TV incarnation. What was her name again?

Craig Silverstein will produce and run the show, which will have Q. playing the titular Nikita, a highly trained assassin for a mysterious organization who goes on the run. Her former agency is then forced to train a replacement and, one presumes, hunt her down.

Maggie Q. and machineguns = endless sex apeal.

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  • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

    She’s good. Real good. I’d be interested in seing how they spin this.

  • Dedpool

    She’s good. Real good. I’d be interested in seing how they spin this.

  • svetlance

    It is ridiculous to get this lady to be Nikita! Don’t be silly, it will be the great bobble! SHE is not Nikita, never!

  • svetlance

    It is ridiculous to get this lady to be Nikita! Don’t be silly, it will be the great bobble! SHE is not Nikita, never!

  • http://asiancinefest.blogspot.com/ Dr. Stan Glick

    I think Maggie Q would be a perfect fit for the role, but I can’t see it happening. I just can’t imagine her taking on a TV series, especially one on the CW. Just for the possibility of a few years of regular work? Nah, not going to happen. This not happening is also too bad because it would offer opportunities for a recurring, if not a regular role, for Kelly Hu, another of my favorite Asian American actresses who doesn’t get nearly as much face time in the movies and on TV (at least the TV I watch) as she should.

  • http://asiancinefest.blogspot.com Dr. Stan Glick

    I think Maggie Q would be a perfect fit for the role, but I can’t see it happening. I just can’t imagine her taking on a TV series, especially one on the CW. Just for the possibility of a few years of regular work? Nah, not going to happen. This not happening is also too bad because it would offer opportunities for a recurring, if not a regular role, for Kelly Hu, another of my favorite Asian American actresses who doesn’t get nearly as much face time in the movies and on TV (at least the TV I watch) as she should.

  • Mafalda Duarte

    Her name is PETA WILSON and she was an amazing NIKITA, no one else will ever fill her shoes, especially not a little girl who looks like she just finished high school, it’s ridiculous and an insult to the fans of the original tv show.

  • Mafalda Duarte

    Her name is PETA WILSON and she was an amazing NIKITA, no one else will ever fill her shoes, especially not a little girl who looks like she just finished high school, it’s ridiculous and an insult to the fans of the original tv show.

  • http://AsianCineFest.blogspot.com Dr Stan Glick

    Mafalda,
    I too think Peta made a great Nikita. But I also think that Maggie Q could pull it off, albeit with a different look and feel. Which is to be expected. I mean slavish reproduction to the original TV series would be a total waste. At 5’10”, Peta has four inches on Maggie Q, who’s 5’6″. Interestingly, Peta was about 27 years old when her Nikita first appeared in 1997, and Magggie Q will be 31 this May. And Maggie Q can do action. My first look at her was in Naked Weapon (2002), in which she starred a Nikita-like assassin. She was only about 23 at that time.
    Again, I don’t think Maggie Q as Nikita is going to happen on TV, but if it should, I just suggest you give her a chance.

    • Mafalda Duarte

      I guess we will have to wait and see, but i’m not holding my breath for this one, i do not believe in this remake so far, I fear the network is going to turn this great show into a cheap sci-fi for teenagers without depth.

  • http://AsianCineFest.blogspot.com/ Dr Stan Glick

    Mafalda,
    I too think Peta made a great Nikita. But I also think that Maggie Q could pull it off, albeit with a different look and feel. Which is to be expected. I mean slavish reproduction to the original TV series would be a total waste. At 5’10”, Peta has four inches on Maggie Q, who’s 5’6″. Interestingly, Peta was about 27 years old when her Nikita first appeared in 1997, and Magggie Q will be 31 this May. And Maggie Q can do action. My first look at her was in Naked Weapon (2002), in which she starred a Nikita-like assassin. She was only about 23 at that time.
    Again, I don’t think Maggie Q as Nikita is going to happen on TV, but if it should, I just suggest you give her a chance.

    • Mafalda Duarte

      I guess we will have to wait and see, but i’m not holding my breath for this one, i do not believe in this remake so far, I fear the network is going to turn this great show into a cheap sci-fi for teenagers without depth.