Think Like A Man‘s Meagan Good To Star In Minority Report Reboot
Good job, Fox!
Remember how optimistic we were about the upcoming Minority Report TV reboot when we learned Fox was looking to cast a female protagonist? Well, they doubled down pretty awesomely on their casting choice.
Meagan Good, whom you might know from the Think Like A Man franchise, Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, and as Joanna Lacasto from Deception, will star in the female lead in the pilot. Deadline describes the show as:
a sequel to the Steven Spielberg-directed movie set 10 years after the end of Precrime in D.C. One of the three Precogs, Dash, struggles to lead a “normal” human life, but remains haunted by visions of the future, when he meets a detective, Lara Vega (Good), who’s not afraid to break a few rules. Haunted by her past, Vega just might help him find a purpose to his gift.
If the network is aiming for a true sequel then”Dash” will be a role for a white male actor, given how pasty all the Precogs looked in the movie. It’s exciting to see a black woman like Good take on a prominent role in a science-fiction setting, of course, but as we noted when this plot summary first surfaced online, it already sounds quite a bit like Fox’s other genre drama Sleepy Hollow—which also stars a competent black female detective following around a weirdo white guy with experience in the superhuman. Sleepy Hollow already has a dedicated fan base, of course; but as we all know, Fox is not great at holding on to its sci-fi programming for very long (Almost Human! The Sarah Connor Chronicles! Dollhouse! Firefly!), and we really don’t want to see the two shows competing with each other for ratings.
Still, it’s really cool to see the studio taking a chance on a black female co-star regardless of the circumstance, that much is for sure. But you know what would have been REALLY cool? If they’d gone with Agatha (who’ll be played by Laura Regan on the show) for Good’s Precog partner rather than Dash. Can you imagine, two women fronting a science fiction drama together? Talking to each other, passing the Bechdel test every episode? Tell me that wouldn’t have been great.
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