‘The Flash’ Alum Reina Hardesty to Star on CW’s First Daughter Drama Pilot ‘Maverick’

Nandy Martin and Zainne Saleh also join cast, Larry Teng to direct

Reina Hardesty
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“The Flash” alum Reina Hardesty has been set as the star of The CW First Daughter drama pilot “Maverick,” with Nandy Martin (“The Fosters”) and Zainne Saleh (“The Night Shift”) also joining the cast, TheWrap has learned.

Additionally, Larry Teng (“Nancy Drew,” “The Walking Dead”) has signed on to direct the potential series’ pilot.

Written by Merigan Mulhern, “Maverick” is set in a present-day America that finds itself under authoritarian rule, where the President’s daughter (Hardesty) — raised to believe her father is moral and benevolent — has her worldview rocked on her first day at Georgetown. Challenged by her fellow students, and under the watchful eye of Secret Service agents, she’ll have to decide if her loyalties lie with her family or with a growing resistance as she navigates her freshman year.

Hardesty will play Kit. Raised in a family of wealth and power, Kit is the daughter to the President of the United States. Intelligent and an inquisitive dreamer, she finds her relationship and alliance with her family’s beliefs starting to change after she moves out to begin her first year in college.

Martin has been cast as Vanessa. Smart and tough, Vanessa is Kit’s new roommate at Georgetown and has no fear of speaking her mind. She constantly fights for the underdogs because she is one herself, even as she hides some of her own insecurities.

Saleh is set to play Cara. A sophomore at the University, Cara knows more of the cruelties of the world than she lets on. She’s been marginalized and is ready to fight back against the government by using her fearless ability to hack any system.

“Maverick” is executive produced by Josh Schwartz, Stephanie Savage, Warren Hsu Leonard and Lis Rowinski. Mulhern and Teng are co-executive producers.

The project is produced by CBS Television Studios in association with Schwartz and Savage’s Fake Empire.

Hardesty is repped by Adam Liebross and Stacy Solodkin at Beth Stein & Associates, Jill Kaplan at Authentic Talent and Literary Management, and Matt Rosen at Stone, Genow, Smelkinson, Binder & Christopher, LLP.

Martin is repped by Abrams Artists Agency and Avalon Management.

Saleh is repped by Abrams Artists Agency, McGuffin Management, and Goodman, Genow, Schenkman, Smelkinson & Christopher.

Deadline first reported Hardesty, Martin and Saleh’s castings, as well as Teng’s addition as director.