Supernatural star Jensen Ackles has lent his enthusiastic support to The CW’s Kung Fu reboot in honor of both TV shows sharing a writing contributor.
Ackles responded on Twitter to a post by Richard Speight Jr. highlighting former Supernatural writer Robert Berens’ work on Kung Fu prior to its series premiere, calling the show “super fun and unique with a fantastic cast (I know firsthand because I directed episode 10).” In turn, Ackles wrote “Well…great. I guess I’m canceling my plans this evening. Thanks a lot @robertberens.”
— Jensen Ackles (@JensenAckles) April 7, 2021
Recently, Ackles was announced as the voice of Batman in the upcoming animated movie Batman: The Long Halloween, Part One, based on the comic storyline of the same name. He will also play Soldier Boy in Season 3 of The Boys, created by Supernatural showrunner Eric Kripke. Meanwhile, Ackles’ Supernatural co-star Jared Padalecki currently stars as Cordell Walker in The CW’s new series Walker, a reboot of the Chuck Norris-led Walker: Texas Ranger.
The original Kung Fu series, which ran for one TV movie and 62 episodes on ABC, starred David Carradine as Kwai Chang Caine, a mixed-race Shaolin monk who, after killing the man who murdered his mentor, fled to the Old West in search of his remaining family while fighting various outlaws and corrupt individuals with Kung Fu skills.
In addition to modernizing its setting, The CW reboot centers on Olivia Liang’s Nicky Shen, a Chinese-American woman who left her Harvard education and family to practice Kung Fu at a Chinese monastery after escaping a “matchmaking tour” set up by her mother. When her teacher is murdered, Nicky returns home to San Francisco, where she finds a similar corruption threatening her community and vows to fight back against it. The pilot also teased a supernatural focus involving the sword her shifu’s killer Zhilan stole, later revealed to be one of eight ancient objects with similar magical properties.
Executive produced by Christina M. Kim, Martin Gero, Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter and Warner Bros. TV, Kung Fu stars Olivia Liang, Tzi Ma, Kheng Hua Tan, Tony Chung, Jon Prasida, Shannon Dang, Eddie Liu and Vanessa Kai. The new episodes air Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.