Actress Maggie Q ("Mission Impossible III," "Live Free or Die Hard") is in talks to star in The CW's "Nikita" pilot, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The casting of Maggie Q is particularly significant as it jumps off an iconic character historically portrayed as Caucasian, first by Anne Parillaud in Luc Besson's 1990 film, followed by Bridget Fonda in the 1993 redo "Point of No Return" and Peta Wilson in the 1997 USA Network series.
The CW pilot's premise of a new Nikita being trained to replace the original one after she goes rogue gave creator Craig Silverstein an opportunity to break the stereotype, and he wrote the lead as "beautiful and exotic."
The pending hire of Maggie Q in "Nikita," from WBTV and McG's Wonderland, would mark the highest-profile series role for an Asian actress on a broadcast drama series and the highest-profile CW minority casting in the network's four-year history.
Born in Hawaii, Maggie Q made a name for herself as a Hong Kong action star before breaking through in American cinema. She will be seen next in Screen Gems' "Priest," starring Paul Bettany and Cam Gigandet.