American Hero

ABC has greenlighted a pilot order for the reboot of “The Greatest American Hero,” and Indian American actress Hanna Simone has scored the lead role on the show. (Randy Shropshire/Getty Images for The Art of Elysium)

Hannah Simone may have scored the role of a lifetime, and the Indian American actress is ecstatic.

Simone has been tapped for the title role in ABC’s single-camera comedy pilot, “The Greatest American Hero,” reports Deadline.

“Believe it or not, I’m walking on air #femalesuperheroofcolor #thechangeishappeningpeople,” she wrote on Instagram Feb. 12.

In the reimagining with a gender switch of Steven 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.

The project, which received a put pilot commitment at the network in September 2017, is from Indian American writer-producer Rachna Fruchbom and Nahnatchka Khan’s Fierce Baby, according to Deadline. 20th Century Fox TV, where Fierce Baby and Fruchbom are based, co-produces with ABC Studios (see earlier India-West story here).

The single-camera comedy follows Meera, a 30-year-old Indian American 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 when 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.

Fruchbom, who currently writes for ABC’s “Fresh Off the Boat” and who previously wrote for NBC’s “Parks and Recreation,” will pen the pilot and executive produce with “Fresh Off the Boat” creator Khan, Mandy Summers and the original series creator Stephen J. Cannell’s daughter, TV director Tawnia McKiernan (“Criminal Minds,” “Blue Bloods”).

The original series, which was an hour-long and starred Katt in the lead role, debuted on ABC in 1981 and ran for three seasons.

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