Two familiar CW faces will be joining Kung Fu when the series returns to the network for Season 3 in fall 2022.
According to Deadline, Legacies’ Ben Levin and Supernatural’s Kim Rhodes will star in major recurring roles. Levin recurred as Jed Tien for Legacies’ first two seasons before being promoted to series regular for the final two. Rhodes started recurring as Sheriff Jody Mills in Supernatural Season 5, appearing in every subsequent season through Season 14.
On Kung Fu, Levin will play Bo, a cool, smart, and strong barista who also moonlights as a vigilante. A jack-of-all-trades when it comes to fighting styles, his crime-fighting spree leads to a collision with Nicky (Olivia Liang) and her siblings. New to Oakland and living far away from home, Bo is eager to join the Shen family’s adventures and fight by Nicky’s side.
Rhodes will portray Carrie, a representative for a large restaurant investment group who is described as “blunt” and “funny.” Carrie’s company takes an interest in Harmony Dumplings, a partnership Mei-Li (Kheng Hua Tan) initially declines. However, when a surprising friendship forms between her and Carrie, Mei-Li opens herself up to potential cooperation.
Developed by Christina M. Kim, Kung Fu is an adaptation of the 1972 series of the same name. Set in the present day, the drama follows Nicky, who drops out of college to pursue a life of solitude in a Chinese monastery. Upon her return to America, she finds that her community has been overtaken by crime and corruption and vows to protect it and her family using her martial arts skills. Aside from Liang and Tan, the series also stars Eddie Liu, Shannon Dang, Jon Prasida, Gavin Stenhouse, Tony Chung, Tzi Ma, Yvonne Chapman and JB Tadena.
Kung Fu was one of several shows to survive The CW’s bloodbath of cancellations in spring 2022, which saw Batwoman, Charmed, Dynasty, In The Dark, Legacies, Legends of Tomorrow, Naomi, Roswell, New Mexico and 4400 all canceled. The other surviving series include All American, All American: Homecoming, The Flash, Nancy Drew, Superman & Lois and Walker. Riverdale was also renewed for Season 7, which will serve as the final batch of the episodes for the teen drama.
Kung Fu Season 3 premieres on Oct. 5 on The CW.