Elodie Yung has been cast as the lead in new American drama

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Elodie Yung, seen here in her "Daredevil" role as Elektra, is the new lead for Fox drama "The Cleaning Lady".
Elodie Yung, seen here in her "Daredevil" role as Elektra, is the new lead for Fox drama
"The Cleaning Lady".

9 Apr – Early last month, it was reported that Fox is recasting the lead for its upcoming drama, "The Cleaning Lady", and looks like the starring role now goes to Elodie Yung.

The French-Cambodian actress replaces Shannyn Sossamon, who exited the project just a week after being cast, following the first table read.

The title character, Reyna Salonga, is originally a Filipina, hence Sossamon's earlier casting since the Hawaiian-born actress is of Filipino descent. Salonga's ethnicity has now been changed to match Yung's background, who is born to a French mother and a Cambodian father, but the drama will still focus on Philippine culture.

Yung's character will be a Cambodian doctor working in Manila and married to a Filipino man, Marco Salonga. She then travels to the US for a medical treatment to save their son that has been diagnosed with a rare, life-threatening immunodeficiency disorder.

Refusing to be beaten down when the system fails and she is forced to go into hiding, she becomes a cleaning lady for the mob while dodging the FBI and keeping secrets from her undocumented Filipina sister-in-law Fiona Salonga, played by Ginger Gonzaga.

Fox ordered the drama pilot for "The Cleaning Lady", based on the Argentinian series of the same name, last January. It is scheduled to be filmed in New Mexico, though a date has yet to be set as all productions are currently halted due to the global COVID-19 pandemic.

Yung previously portrayed Elektra Natchios in MCU Netflix series "Daredevil" and "The Defenders". Her silver screen credits include "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo", "Gods of Egypt" and "The Hitman's Bodyguard". She will be seen next in a Disney+ movie, "Secret Society of Second Born Royals".