Kung Fu Trailer: Olivia Liang stars in The CW’s martial arts reboot
The CW has released the full trailer for Christina M. Kim and Greg Berlanti’s upcoming female-led reboot of David Carradine’s 1970s martial arts drama, Kung Fu, led by Olivia Liang, which can be viewed in the player below!
The trailer for the series, which is set to premiere on Wednesday, April 7, sees Liang’s character Nicky putting her butt-kicking skills to good use by taking down criminals in her hometown. In addition, Power Rangers star Ludi Lin is part of the cast int the recurring role of Kerwin, the heir to the billionaire Tan family fortune. Lin will next be seen in Warner Bros.’ highly-anticipated Mortal Kombat, which will arrive in theaters and on HBO Max on April 16.
In the Kung Fu reboot series, a quarter-life crisis causes a young Chinese-American woman, Nicky Chen (Liang), to drop out of college and go on a life-changing journey to an isolated monastery in China. But when she returns to find her hometown overrun with crime and corruption, she uses her martial arts skills and Shaolin values to protect her community and bring criminals to justice…all while searching for the assassin who killed her Shaolin mentor and is now targeting her.
The series will be led by Olivia Liang (Legacies), Tzi Ma (Mulan) and Kheng Hua Tan (Crazy Rich Asians), Gavin Stenhouse, Gwendoline Yeo (Desperate Housewives), Eddie Liu, Shannon Dang, Jon Prasida, Yvonne Chapman, and Vanessa Kai.
Co-created by Blindspot‘s Christina M. Kim and Martin Gero, the new Kung-Fu series is written by Kim and will be executive produced by Greg Berlanti and Sarah Schechter through their Berlanti Productions along with Kim and Gero through Gero’s Quinn’s House Production banner. The project was first introduced at FOX and was given a pilot commitment in 2018 but the deal fell through and it never went to pilot.
The original series was created by Ed Spielman, Jerry Thorpe and Herman Miller which ran on air for three seasons from 1972-1975. It starred late veteran actor David Carradine, who portrayed the role of Kwai Chang Caine. The Kung Fu series was also adapted into a film in 1986 titled Kung Fu: The Movie and it also spawned off two spinoff series: Kung Fu: The Next Generation and Kung Fu: The Legend Continues.