Actress Maggie Q is playing the title role in American action thriller TV series Nikita. Her co-stars includes Shane West, Lyndsy Fonseca, Aaron Stanford, Ashton Holmes, Tiffany Hines, Melinda Clarke and Xander Berkeley. The show will start airing on The CW network in the US in September.
Nikita is an assassin who escaped from a secret government organisation, and she’s back to bring down the organisation after three years in hiding. The extended trailer explains everything…
This is the second American TV adaptation of the 1990 French film Nikita by Luc Besson. It was also adapted as La Femme Nikita in 1997-2001. The two series have no direct connection, and the plot seems different too – Nikita works with the agency in the old one but went rogue in the new show.
Brief intro of Maggie Q
Maggie Q was born and raised in Hawaii. Her mother is a Vietnamese immigrant, and her father an American of Irish and Polish descent. Her real name is Margaret Denise Quigley; I think she began using her stage name when acting in Hong Kong, it’s easier for the Asians to remember that.
Maggie made her name as an actress in Hong Kong in early 2000s. Many people probably don’t know that she actually started her career as a model in Japan instead. She became known back in the US after appearing in Hollywood hits Mission Impossible III (2006) and Die Hard 4.0 (2007).
It’s good to see an Asian face taking THE leading role in an American series because it doesn’t happen often. And the show seems like a perfect fit for Maggie, she looks great in the trailer.