Who Should Play TV’s New ‘La Femme Nikita’?

by | January 27, 2010 at 5:38 PM | Matt's TV News, Reboots & Redos, TV News

Peta Wilson, TV's First 'La Femme Nikita' (Warner Bros.)

Peta Wilson, TV's First 'La Femme Nikita' (Warner Bros.)

What do you get when you reimagine the TV version of the U.S. adaptation of a foreign film? The CW aims to find out, by picking up a pilot update of ‘La Femme Nikita.’

Originally brought to the big screen in 1990 by the French, ‘La Femme Nikita‘ – in which a street tough is recruited by a super-secret government organization – was adapted for American audiences three years later as ‘Point of No Return,’ starring Bridget Fonda.

In 1997, USA Network served up a TV take on the action-thriller, with Peta Wilson playing the unlikely assassin. That series ran for five seasons.

Watch Peta Wilson Kick Butt as ‘La Femme Nikita’ in the Free Full Episodes Here

The new project – simply titled ‘Nikita’ – is being executive-produced by McG (‘Charlie’s Angels,’ ‘Human Target’), Peter Johnson and Craig Silverstein (who will pen the pilot). The set-up: Nikita has gone rogue, and a new badass is being trained to replace her. It’s like the ‘Bionic Woman‘ remake meets ‘Alias,’ though hopefully with a better shelf-life than that new-model Jamie Summers.

This ‘Nikita’ pilot joins a development season already rife with remakes and reboots such as ‘The Rockford Files,’ ‘Hawaii Five-O’ and ‘Charlie’s Angels,’ to name just a few.

This is where we pause to dream-cast TV’s new Nikita. Keeping things within the young adult-friendly CW family, may I suggest sometime ‘Smallville‘ guest star Serinda Swan (aka the enchanting Zatanna)? Or, in a scenario where ‘Melrose Place‘ sadly shutters its doors, brooding brunette Stephanie Jacobsen?

How about one of ‘Supernatural‘s (many) discarded female players? Or, tapping into some of ABC’s freshly available talent, ‘Ugly Betty‘s sassy Becki Newton?

Other nominations made by the Twitterverse include ‘Battlestar’ badass Katee Sackhoff (currently on ’24′) and soon-to-be-homeless ‘Dollhouse’ resident Dichen Lachman.

In other CW pilot news, the netlet picked up a small-town horse farm-set family drama from ‘Gilmore Girls‘ creator Amy Sherman-Palladino and her husband Dan. P.S. If you miss the ‘Girls,’ get your banter on with these full episodes.

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