Friday, 23 July 2010


[19.28 - French Time] Nellie Andreeva,'s TV editor, reports that British actress Indira Varma (Torchwood, Rome) will join the regular cast of Fox's Human Target for its second season.

She will play Ilsa (Ilsa!) a "sophisticated, sexy, driven and witty widow", a female counterpart to unorthodox and secretive bodyguard Christopher Chance (Mark Valley). Surprisingly renewed in spite of its low ratings and a limited interest, Human Target is adapted from a DC comic book by Len Wein and Carmine Infantino where Christopher Chance was a private eye/bodyguard. Chance literally endorsed the appearance and personality of his clients to protect them.

This is not the first TV adaptation of the comic. In the nineties the team behind The Flash tried for ABC with Rick Springfield as Christopher Chance. But even with the always credible Mark Valley (who served during the Gulf War) as its lead the 2010 version misses the essential: Christopher Chance no longer assumes the identity of his clients.

In the UK Indira Varma was recently on BBC One's Luther, where she was totally miscast. Maybe Human Target's producers wish to spice things up with the arrival of the talented actress.

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