CW’s female led Kung Fu reboot is gaining steam in the casting area. The series is based on the the Kung Fu series from the 70s starring David Carradine and created by Ed Spielman. Three more actors have been added to the call sheet, Shannon Dang, Jon Prasida, and Eddie Liu. They join Tzi Ma and Kheng Hua Tan in the series.
This incarnation of the series is written by Christina M. Kim (Blindspot, Lost). In CW’s Kung Fu, a quarter-life crisis causes a young Chinese-American woman 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.
We found out last week that Ma will play the young Chinese-American woman’s father, Jin Chen and Kheng will play the mother, Mei-Li. They are “husband-and-wife restaurateurs whose secrets threaten to destroy their lives just as they deal with the return of their estranged daughter.”
As for the new cast additions, Deadline reports that Jon Prasida will play Ryan Chen, a quick-witted medical student who has to deal with the sudden return of his estranged older sister, Nicky. Shannon Dang will portray Althea Chen, Nicky’s larger-than-life older sister who’s newly engaged and on her way to planning her dream Chinese wedding. And finally, Eddie Liu will play Henry Chu, a martial arts instructor and Chinese art history buff who has instant chemistry with Nicky.
No news on who will play the lead role in Kung Fu however, we now know that her name is Nicky.
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