More changes are in store for NBC’s re-imagining series Bionic Woman
. After the news about former Grey’s Anatomy
actor Isaiah Washington
’s scored recurring role on the upcoming show, a new actress has been cast to take on the role of the titular character’s little sister.
Lucy Hale will be replacing Mae Whitman
, When a Man Loves a Woman
), who was initially cast to portray Bionic Woman
/Jaime Sommers’s sister, Becca. On top of the recasting, the character has undergone significant transformation as well.
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Originally, Jaime’s sister was deaf and was miserably residing with her following the death of their mother. However, in the reworked pilot, the absence of the parents may not be a permanent thing. Executive producer Jason Smilovic revealed that Lucy Hale’s character is being developed as a budding hacker who may “open a channel” to reconnect with her folks.
"The parents were activists back in the day and ... were very keen on saving the world, but as a result, sort of neglected their own children," Smilovic explained.
Furthermore, the character will no longer be hearing-impaired.
"Without going into too much detail, it's that we wanted to create an organic way for -- Jaime was originally working in a lab. She was going to be assigned to these chimpanzees. The chimpanzees were going to Dr. Anthros, to this gentleman right here [co-star Chris Bowers
], who was using them for experimentation. He would come down to get the chimpanzees and he would -- you know, they sort of fell in love during that time. And we were looking for a -- an organic way for her to be talking to the chimpanzees in sign language. Of course, the chimpanzees disappeared. The lab disappeared [in the version with Whitman]. The deaf sister stayed, but now she's disappeared as well," Smilovic added.
Prior to landing a role on Bionic Woman, Lucy Hale appeared on Drake & Josh
, The O.C.
, and How I Met Your Mother
. She was also part of the band America Juniors.
To catch Lucy Hale and the rest of the ensemble of Bionic Woman
, watch the premiere on September 26 at 9/8c on NBC.
-Kris De Leon, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
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