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Casting the 'Xena: Warrior Princess' Reboot At NBC: Bring On the Boob Armor!

By Jodi Smith | Industry | July 20, 2015 |

By Jodi Smith | Industry | July 20, 2015 |

Rob Taper, the writer, director, and producer of the original Xena: Warrior Princess, is once again joining forces with executive producer Sam Raimi to bring the series back to television. It’s being described as a “modern reboot”, whatever that means.


Apparently OG Xena, Lucy Lawless, has been talking up her old show while doing press for Ash vs. Evil Dead:

“I’ve been pitching that show … because … there’s a swell of interest still,” she said. “I’m always being peppered with questions [about] when the Xena movie is coming. Guys, I’m pitching my ass off to make it happen, whether it’s with me or not. I think it’d be funny to have a reboot like Ash vs. Evil Dead — like middle-aged Xena in a muumuu with a bad attitude and a smoking habit. … Bring [actor] Ted Raimi [who played Joxer] in … [and maybe] Bruce Campbell.”

Please let “middle-aged Xena in a muumuu with a bad attitude and a smoking habit” be what they mean by modern. I would pay fives of dollars to see Xena and Gabrielle living in a condo in Florida, eating cheesecake and kicking the asses of evil septuagenarians. Alas, that won’t happen.

So let’s blow out the candles and make a wish that one of these ladies gets the chance to step into Xena’s metal bra.

1. Sarah Michelle Gellar

Qualification - Buffy the Vampire Slayer

2. Zoë Bell

Qualifications - stunt double for Xena: Warrior Princess, Kill Bill; actress in Death Proof and Raze

3. Rhona Mitra

Qualifications - Doomsday, Underworld: Rise of the Lycans

4. Lynn Collins

Qualifications - Wolverine: X-Men Origins, John Carter

5. Lucy Lawless

Qualification - She’s the OG Warrior Princess

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Jodi Smith is a Senior Reporter, Film & Television at Pajiba. You can email her or follow her on Twitter.