There have been many reincarnations of the beautiful but deadly agent known as La Femme Nikita, and The CW Network is ready to produce their own version. According to THR, they’re making history with their adaptation by casting Maggie Q in the title role.
“Nikita” is one of the many new shows that the network has in the works for the upcoming TV season that will feature a minority up front. The popular character was first portrayed 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. Q will take over the reigns as the first Asian woman to star in the role that’s been historically played by Caucasian women.
The premise of “Nikita’s” pilot centers on her being trained to replace the original one after she goes rogue. Creator Craig Silverstein said this new show gave him the opportunity to break the stereotype by writing the character 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.
I don’t know how I feel about every non-Caucasian woman being described as “exotic” but it’s great to see some diversity on the network again. There was a time when The CW, much like its predecessors UPN and The WB had more to offer than the cast of “Gossip Girl” and “Melrose Place.” Let’s get back to that.
What do you think of Maggie Q playing the role of La Femme Nikita? Do you think The CW needs to add more diversity to their roster?