Hannah Simone (New Girl) has been picked for the title role in ABC’s reboot of The Greatest American Hero.
The pilot, from the Fresh Off the Boat duo of Rachna Fruchbom and Nahnatchka Khan, makes a gender switch of Steven J. Cannell’s 1981 cult classic. . . from William Katt to an Indian-American woman.
Storyline: Meera (Simone) is 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.
Simone, a British actress whose father is Indian, is believed to be playing the first woman of color superhero lead of a live-action TV series. With New Girl ending this season, Simone was among the most soight after actors for broadcast pilots.