‘Kung Fu’ Reboot Casts Olivia Liang, Will Be Female Led

It's funny how I was just talking about female led reboots not too long ago, and now, we have a big one.  Deadline reports that Olivia Liang has been cast as the lead in the upcoming reboot of Kung Fu for The CW.  You might recognize Liang from playing Alyssa on Legacies.

So, how closely will this series follow the spirit of the original?  The report provided a synopsis as well: "a quarter-life crisis causes a young Chinese-American woman, Nicky Chen (Liang), to drop out of college and go on a life-changing journey to an isolated monastery in China. But when she returns to find her hometown overrun with crime and corruption, she uses her martial arts skills and Shaolin values to protect her community and bring criminals to justice — all while searching for the assassin who killed her Shaolin mentor and is now targeting her."

The series will be written by Christina M. Kim with producers Martin Gero, Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter for Warner Bros TV. Earlier casting announcements were made with Tzi Ma and Kheng Hua Tan playing Liang's parents. Jon Prasida, Shannon Dang and Eddie Liu will be a part of the show, as well. No release date has been given, but that may change in the coming weeks with upfronts just around the corner.

Find out more on Episode 305 of our podcast this week.

Photo Credit: Annette Brown/The CW