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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  • Simone

    Thank you Mafalda Duarte, exactly, her name was Peta Wilson the better Nikita in the world with the actress Anne Parillaud.
    I don’t like this casting, I think some fans desire a better end for previous TV La femme Nikita, not this new version. It’s for this reason the petition exist.

  • Simone

    Thank you Mafalda Duarte, exactly, her name was Peta Wilson the better Nikita in the world with the actress Anne Parillaud.
    I don’t like this casting, I think some fans desire a better end for previous TV La femme Nikita, not this new version. It’s for this reason the petition exist.

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

    Just FYI, there were three film versions of Nikita (at least that I know of). The first Nikita (a.k.a. La Femme Nikita) was directed by Luc Besson. It came out in 1990, and starred Anne Parilaud (5’6.25″, just 1/4 inch taller than Maggie Q, by the way), as Simone mentioned.

    There was a Hong Kong version called Black Cat (Hei mao) in 1991 that starred 5’5″ Jade Leung as Erica Leung / Catherine and co-starred Simon Yam as her handler. It was so-so, and the sequel, Black Cat 2 (1992), was pretty poor.

    The last film version that I’m familiar with was 1993’s Point of No Return starring Bridget Fonda. It was decent, but nothing to rave about.

    For me the best Nikita is a toss-up between Parilaud in the original film and Wilson in the original TV version.

    If you like Nikita, and aren’t familiar with it, check out the similar kick-ass assassin played by Geeba Davis in The Long Kiss Goodnight (1996), which was directed by Renny Harlin, her husband at the time, with a terrific screenplay by Shane Black, who wrote the screenplay for the original Lethal Weapon film (1987).

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

      You sure know your Nikita. I agree with you that she could peull it off, but I also agree it’s unlikely as she’s pretty big in Hong Kong AND Hollywood. I also Agree Kelly Hu would be a good choice and could pull it off well too. I’m looking forward to seeing hoe this plays out. And Long Kiss Goodnight is one of my favorite flicks. Love it.

      Now all these haters are making assumptions about how it will turn out, and as we all know when you make an assumption, you make an ass out of “you” and “umption!”

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

    Just FYI, there were three film versions of Nikita (at least that I know of). The first Nikita (a.k.a. La Femme Nikita) was directed by Luc Besson. It came out in 1990, and starred Anne Parilaud (5’6.25″, just 1/4 inch taller than Maggie Q, by the way), as Simone mentioned.

    There was a Hong Kong version called Black Cat (Hei mao) in 1991 that starred 5’5″ Jade Leung as Erica Leung / Catherine and co-starred Simon Yam as her handler. It was so-so, and the sequel, Black Cat 2 (1992), was pretty poor.

    The last film version that I’m familiar with was 1993’s Point of No Return starring Bridget Fonda. It was decent, but nothing to rave about.

    For me the best Nikita is a toss-up between Parilaud in the original film and Wilson in the original TV version.

    If you like Nikita, and aren’t familiar with it, check out the similar kick-ass assassin played by Geeba Davis in The Long Kiss Goodnight (1996), which was directed by Renny Harlin, her husband at the time, with a terrific screenplay by Shane Black, who wrote the screenplay for the original Lethal Weapon film (1987).

    • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com Dedpool

      You sure know your Nikita. I agree with you that she could peull it off, but I also agree it’s unlikely as she’s pretty big in Hong Kong AND Hollywood. I also Agree Kelly Hu would be a good choice and could pull it off well too. I’m looking forward to seeing hoe this plays out. And Long Kiss Goodnight is one of my favorite flicks. Love it.

      Now all these haters are making assumptions about how it will turn out, and as we all know when you make an assumption, you make an ass out of “you” and “umption!”

  • j.james

    Maggie Q is hot as hell and she can do whatever the hell she wants to do!!

  • j.james

    Maggie Q is hot as hell and she can do whatever the hell she wants to do!!

  • Mafalda Duarte

    Nobody here “hates” the girl, we just doubt her ability to act according to the part… and by the way… it takes one to recognize the other, ins’t that what it’s said… Dedpool

  • Mafalda Duarte

    Nobody here “hates” the girl, we just doubt her ability to act according to the part… and by the way… it takes one to recognize the other, ins’t that what it’s said… Dedpool

  • GIAMAN

    I’m a die hard fan of the original TV show La Femme Nikita and also the fan of the original French movie too.

    Personally I think Maggie Q is not a bad actress and I believe I’ve seen some of her Hong Kong movies as well. Though, I don’t understand why not to invite Ms Peta Wilson to act as Nikita once again instead of using other actress. Especially the plot said that Nikita is on the run, then I guess this role may not be a regular one. So why not just hire Ms Wilson & Mr. Dupuis to act for copule eposides in order to give us the royal LFN fans a possible happier ending as a closure.

    • Simone

      Well, why not, I thinking about that too.

  • GIAMAN

    I’m a die hard fan of the original TV show La Femme Nikita and also the fan of the original French movie too.

    Personally I think Maggie Q is not a bad actress and I believe I’ve seen some of her Hong Kong movies as well. Though, I don’t understand why not to invite Ms Peta Wilson to act as Nikita once again instead of using other actress. Especially the plot said that Nikita is on the run, then I guess this role may not be a regular one. So why not just hire Ms Wilson & Mr. Dupuis to act for copule eposides in order to give us the royal LFN fans a possible happier ending as a closure.

    • Simone

      Well, why not, I thinking about that too.