Maggie Q, best known as the star of Nikita, will be taking on a role from pirate history.
She has been cast as famous Chinese pirate Ching Shih for an upcoming limited series titled Red Flag.
Red Flag is set in the early 1800s and follows Ching Shih, a beautiful young Chinese prostitute who goes on to become one of the most powerful pirates in history, and the head of the most successful crime syndicate in China.
Ching controlled over 100,000 sailors and 1500-plus vessels, all of which she used to terrorize and rule the South China Sea, conquering the Imperial Chinese navy, the Portuguese navy, and the British navy.
“It’s exciting to have the opportunity to share Ching Shih’s real-life story with audiences that are both familiar and unfamiliar with her prominent history,” Maggie Q said.
Maggie Q will be seen in Divergent, as well as A Conspiracy on Jekyll Island.