In case you were worried about Summer Glau after the cancellation of THE SARAH CONNOR CHRONICLES, don’t be. She’s just signed in to star in the upcoming NBC superhero-themed drama THE CAPE, as reported by TheHollywoodReporter. Not to be confused with the 1996 series THE CAPE, which starred her FIREFLY co-star Adam Baldwin. Anyone? Just me? Okay. Glau is said to have a leading role in the new series. The pilot will directed by CON AIR‘s Simon West (who more recently gave us HUMAN TARGET), and revolves around a former cop (played by David Lyons of E.R. fame) who is set up as a criminal, and ends up becoming a masked hero known as “The Cape” in order to clear his name. Summer has been cast as “Orwell”, a cute and intrepid investigative blogger who fearlessly goes after corrupt cops and costumed bad guys. According to the report, she will get physical and “is quite capable of kicking ass.”
Glau is made a big impression on sci-fi fans with her portrayal of River Tam in Joss Whedon’s FIREFLY and SERENITY. She went on to star in fan-favorite series like THE 4400, and eventually become well-known for her role of Cameron Phillips, the killer android sent to protect in THE SARAH CONNOR CHRONICLES. Not long ago she reteamed with Joss Whedon for several episodes of DOLLHOUSE, which like other Whedon efforts was sadly canceled.
THE CAPE comes from EMPIRE creator Tom Wheeler, a great series that never really got the attention it deserved. Hopefully this one will find an audience. I’ve always liked Glau as an actress, and I think she has some very effective qualities in her performances, whether it’s playing a soft-spoken space traveler, or a robotic-like sexy android, she delivers an element of realism that makes her very entertaining.