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'Lost''s Daniel Dae Kim to Star in 'Hawaii Five-O' Remake

by Scott Harris, posted Feb 8th 2010 10:15AM
Some things are just timelessly cool. Steve McQueen. A good pair of Levi's. 'Hawaii Five-O.' So when CBS announced last month that they were planning a remake of the classic Jack Lord cop show, many were skeptical. After all, how could they hope to match the coolness of the original?

Now we know the answer: by bringing together some of the coolest people in television today. The latest addition? According to The Hollywood Reporter, none other than Daniel Dae Kim.Some things are just timelessly cool. Steve McQueen. A good pair of Levi's. 'Hawaii Five-O.' So when CBS announced last month that they were planning a remake of the classic Jack Lord cop show, many were skeptical. After all, how could they hope to match the coolness of the original?

Now we know the answer: by bringing together some of the coolest people in television today. The latest addition? According to the Hollywood Reporter, none other than Daniel Dae Kim.

Kim, of course, has been playing Korean businessman turned reluctant adventurer Jin Kwon for the last six seasons of 'Lost,' meaning he knows a thing or two about cool. Kim will be playing the role of Detective Chin Ho Kelly, who in the original version was played by Hawaii native Kam Fong.

But while Kim's birthplace may be off, that's about the only nitpick so far in what is becoming a star-studded venture. While Lord's lead role of Steve McGarrett has yet to be filled, the talent lined up behind the camera will be hard to match, as 'Fringe' co-creators Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman are already on board to pen the update.

The original 'Hawaii Five-O,' of course, ran for 12 seasons on CBS starting in 1968. But while tackling such a beloved property may seem like a tricky proposition, if anyone is up to the task it's Orci and Kurtzman, as updating classic TV hits is right in their wheelhouse: last year they wrote the massively popular big screen re-working of 'Star Trek.' Now that's cool.

And if they have any questions about their new locale, Kim is just the person to ask. After all, if there's one thing he's proven, it's that he knows his way around an island.

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