Pilot season is getting more colorful.
Maggie Q and Roselyn Sanchez have been cast as the ethnically diverse leads in two major pilots, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Maggie Q, who is half Vietnamese, is in negotiations to play the title character in “La Femme Nikita,” which The CW seem to be calling just “Nikita,” a reboot of the French assassin film. Previous actresses who’ve played the Nikita role include Anne Parillaud, Bridget Fonda and Peta Wilson.
The new series will center on a new Nikita being trained as a killer when the original one goes rogue.
Maggie Q has a good resume for playing a bad-ass action star. She’s appeared in “Mission: Impossible III,” “Live Free or Die Hard” and a number of Hong Kong action flicks.
Sanchez, who’s known from her work on “Without a Trace,” will play a soccer mom and widow in Beverly Hills who also happens to run an international drug cartel in “Cutthroat” for ABC.
Sanchez, born in Puerto Rico, takes the role that was actually written for a Latina.
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