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Eliza Dushku Joins The Cast Of The Saint Reboot, Hopefully To Kick Ass


Eliza Dushku has made a name for herself kicking all kinds of butt on television. I wouldn’t mind being type-cast that way and it seems she doesn’t either. Dushku has just been cast in the upcoming reboot of The Saint. And guess what? Famous Simon Templar, Sir Roger Moore,  has signed on to produce!

Over the weekend we mentioned actor Adam Rayner was chosen as the new Simon Templar in The Saint reboot. Deadline writes:

Simon West is directing the pilot from a script by Jesse Alexander. Alexander is set as showrunner of the project, a new take on Leslie Charteris’ The Saint 70-book franchise. It will follow the exploits of Simon Templar (Rayner), a brilliant criminal who uses his considerable illicit skills as a modern-day Robin Hood as he infuriates local law enforcement and woos Patricia Holm (Dushku), his on-again, off-again romance.

Are they relegating Dushku to purely the romantic interest? Something tells me that won’t be the case. From Buffy the Vampire Slayer to Dollhouse, you’d think they knew the potential they were casting here. My guess is she’ll play a more active role.

Meanwhile, Moore, the 1960s Saint star is going to have a hand in the production which is a nice idea. He’ll co-produce along with his son Geoffrey Moore, Lulu Moore, and Louisa Macdonald.

I admit, I’m a sucker for the 90s reboot starring Val Kilmer but other than that, don’t have much experience with the franchise. Now that Dushku is on board though, I can’t wait to watch.

(via Deadline)

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  • John Wao

    I guess this means Dushku won’t be in SHIELD. At least not as a regular.

  • Anonymous

    Sorry, but Roger Moore is not the original Simon Templar.

  • http://www.thenerdybird.com/ Jill Pantozzi

    Ah, my mistake. He’s just the one always associated with the role in my mind. I’ve edited the post to clarify.

  • http://twitter.com/Gauldar BOBRACHA

    Awesome! I just watched the 1997 movie again on TV yesterday night.

  • Anonymous

    No sweat. You are way too young to be familiar with many of the actors who portrayed Templar. The character has been around for a long time.

    Personally, I’ve always liked George Sanders’ portrayal. ;)

  • http://www.facebook.com/halcyone Melynda Scarborough

    Fine by me. Not a fan of hers at all.

  • Anonymous

    The question remains will she finally get the girl (read Buffy).

  • Anonymous
  • http://twitter.com/murphyslawyer Harry Payne

    Eliza Dushku is playing the part of Patricia Holm, who was definitely
    not just the love interest or damsel-in-distress in Charteris’ books
    (which have survived their British Empire origins far better than
    Sapper’s ‘Bulldog Drummond’).

    Here’s hoping that the people paying for this actually listen to Roger Moore from time to time. While I’m glad Jill and others liked the Kilmer film, it wasn’t the Saint at
    all. We all may get luckier this time.

    Abebooks and the like have most of the books at reasonable prices, so if you want to know what the team may be aiming for, now’s your chance.

  • http://twitter.com/Super_Widget Joanna

    I don’t care what anyone says, I quite liked Dollhouse.

  • Anonymous

    ditto!