Actress Olivia Liang to Lead the New ‘Kung Fu’ Series
“Legacies” star Olivia Liang has landed the starring role in the reboot of the 1970s hit TV show “Kung Fu.”
Inspired by the show created by Ed Spielman, the reboot will be penned by television writer Christina M. Kim (“Lost,” “NCIS Los Angeles”). With Liang as the female lead, the new show from the CW promises an exciting new take on the original series, reported Deadline.
In an emotional post on Twitter, Liang expressed her gratitude to her loved ones for encouraging her to “keep going” as she struggled to make rent “for years.” She also thanked those who made the casting possible.
“It’s an absolute honor to be Nicky Chen, to tell an Asian American story, and to be a part of the furthering of representation,” the actress wrote. “But above all, it’s an absolute honor to join the LOST DAUGHTERS OF TZI MA CLUB!”
Liang’s last line references Hong Kong American actor Tzi Ma, who plays her father in the upcoming show.
In the new “Kung Fu” series, a Chinese American woman, Nicky Chen (Liang), decides to drop out of college and go on a life-changing journey to a secluded monastery in China.
There, she is forced to use her “martial arts skills and Shaolin values” to protect her community from the criminal elements pestering her hometown. She is also thrown into a mission to find the assassin who killed her Shaolin mentor.
Liang, who currently plays Alyssa Chang on the CW vampire drama series “Legacies,” joins previously cast Tzi Ma, Kheng Hua Tan, Jon Prasida, Shannon Dang and Eddie Liu in “Kung Fu.”
Previously aired on ABC, the original “Kung Fu” series was headlined by actor David Carradine and is one of the most popular television programs of the early 1970s. The series ran for a total of 63 episodes and received widespread critical acclaim and commercial success.