ABC has found its “Greatest American Hero,” with Deadline reporting that the title role in the reboot will be played by “New Girl’s” Hannah Simone.
The single-camera comedy pilot comes from the “Fresh Off the Boat” duo of Rachna Fruchbom and Nahnatchka Khan.
“In the reimagining with a gender switch of [Stephen] J. Cannell’s 1981 cult classic, the unlikely (super)hero at the center, played by William Katt in the original, is being reconceived as an Indian-American woman,” Deadline notes.
The report adds: “Written by Fruchbom, ‘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 purpose, but the world has never been in more unreliable hands.”