Rachna Fruchbom and Nahnatchka Khan (‘Fresh Off the Boat’) have an interesting premise with their reboot of ‘The Greatest American Hero’ and now Christine Gernon (‘Speechless’) has been selected to direct the pilot. The pair has previously worked with Gernon on their series ‘Fresh Off the Boat,’ so it isn’t too surprising that they’d want someone who they’ve had experience with to bring their reboot idea to life. In other news, George Wendt (‘Cheers’), Gia Sandhu (‘The Indian Detective’), and Zenobia Shroff (‘The Big Sick’) have now joined the cast and will be working with Hannah Simone who has signed on to be “The Greatest American Hero.’
Wendt will be playing Meera’s employer Bob Rice while Shroff is set to play Meera’s elegant mother Leena described as “inscrutable” and will already have problems with her daughter’s life choices before becoming a superhero. Sandhu will be Mona, Leera’s “Type A sister” who is likely the star of the family.
The 1981 series is a cult classic in many circles and follows an unlikely superhero that received a suit which gives him incredible powers. The reboot is set to switch things up.
From what we’ve learned of the plot so far, “The Greatest American Hero centers around Meera (Simone), a 30-year-old woman who loves tequila and karaoke and has spent her life searching and failing to find meaning, much to the chagrin of her traditional Indian-American family. An inexplicable event occurs that will change the course of Meera’s life forever: she is entrusted with a super suit to protect the planet. Meera may have finally found her purpose, but the world has never been in more unreliable hands.”
This really is a timely subject and fits well with the identity of many in America as has previously been shown by the welcome of the ‘Ms. Marvel’ comic.
The cast is coming together quite nicely for the pilot, and I suspect we’ll see a couple more announcements before production begins.
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