Mortal Kombat star to lead new spy series

Lewis Tan in Wu Assassins.
(Image credit: Netflix)

The highly anticipated adaption of David Ignatius's novel Quantum Spy has found its series lead in Mortal Kombat’s Lewis Tan – he will also co-executive produce the pilot episode.

Quantum Spy is an espionage thriller about the race between the United States and China to build the world's first hyper-fast quantum computer. As reported by Variety, Tan is set to play a Chinese-American CIA officer, Harris Chang, tasked with hunting down a traitor. As he tracks down his target, he gets caught up in an ever-expanding maze of spymasters, assassins, and temptations as the mission turns into a personal obsession. Though action-packed and sexy, the property also gets to the heart of a timely discussion in content and across the country – what does it mean to be an American hero?

Writer Dave Kalstein, who co-executive produced shows like Quantico and NCIS: LA, is scripting the adaptation and will also have a hand at production. He recently wrapped up production of the USA show Treadstone, on which he oversaw writing and production. 

Tan's star has been on a steady rise over the last couple of years. After he was reportedly passed over for the lead role in the Netflix Marvel series Iron Fist, he still made an appearance in the first season as Zhou Cheng. He has then gone on to make appearances in Wu Assassins, Into the Badlands, and Deadpool 2. He is currently set to star in the Netflix original film Fist of Vengeance. 

You can watch Tan in action in the Warner Bros Mortal Kombat reboot, which hits theaters and HBO Max on April 23. And if you need a catch-up on that, check out our guide to all the Mortal Kombat movie characters.

Stephanie is a comic book historian and pop culture critic for publications including SYFYFANGRRLS, Marvel, The A.V. Club, Nerdist, Den of Geek, and Rotten Tomatoes. Stephanie is also a comic creator with three ongoing webcomics, Parenthood Activate!, But What If Though?, and Living Heroes. She made her Marvel debut with a short story featuring Monica Rambeau in Marvel’s Voices: Legacy. She recently made her DC Comics debut in Wonder Woman Black and Gold #2 and is co-writing the Nubia and the Amazons miniseries.