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"New Girl" Star Hannah Simone Lands ABC's "Greatest American Hero" Remake Lead

We don't foresee the new version of the show gender-flipping the main role to be a big issue; the larger problem is whether or not there's just going to be room for another superhero show in the midst of all the others that are out there already.

Last month it was announced that ABC had picked up the pilot for The Greatest American Hero, a female-led reboot of the 1980s comedy-drama, and now comes word that the project has found its lead and supporting cast.

Hannah Simone is ready to kick butt. Meera's world turns upside down one fateful day when she is entrusted with a super suit she can use to protect the planet.

She is repped by UTA, Alpita Patel Management, and Ziffren Brittenham LLP. 20th Century Fox Television, where Khan and Fruchbom are both under overall deals, will co-produce with ABC Studios.

Rachna Fruchbom and Nahnatchka Khan of Fresh Off the Boat are now in the process of developing this project as a single-camera comedy pilot for ABC; Simone's comedy stylings should fit right in given that she has the comic timing for the role. Other executive producers include Mandy Summers and Tawnia McKiern, the daughter of super-producer Stephen J. Cannell, who produced the original series. Her traditional Indian-American family is in the least bit thrilled.

Cudlitz is perhaps best known for playing Abraham Ford on the megahit AMC series "The Walking Dead". Also, fun fact: the character was named Ralph Hinkley, but his name was quietly changed to Ralph Hanley for part of the first season after President Ronald Reagan was shot by John Hinkley.

He is repped by APA, Anonymous Content and Stone Genow.



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