As soon as we learned that Summer Glau would play a woman involved with an underground fight ring on Hawaii Five-0 3.16 'Kekoa' (meaning "Warrior" in Hawaiian), fans were expecting Summer's character Maggie Hoapili to take part in the fightings. Here's a little taste of what you may see on Monday's episode of Five-0. Let me sum up what we know about Summer Glau's fight scenes and stunt work on Hawaii Five-0 so far.
UPDATE: Summer Glau's stunt double in Hawaii Five-0 is Renae Moneymaker, who was also the double of Jennifer Lawrence in "The Hunger Games, Catching Fire" and in "X-Men Days of Future Past" (Watch Renae Moneymaker's 2014 Stunt Reel below).
Everyone has in mind River Tam's fight scenes in Joss Whedon's Serenity; Summer performed many of their own stunts and, as a trained ballerina, used her dancing skills in River's two amazing fights.
Watch the BTS video of the fight scenes rehearsal:
While the type of movements required for the role of a Terminator was completely different, Summer had also a lot of fight scenes and stunt work to do in Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles; Summer had a stunt double of course but she performed herself as many stunts scenes as she was allowed to by the production.
Watch Cameron vs Rosie fight rehearsal footage:
Summer Glau's character punchy background on Hawaii Five-0 took on a completely new dimension when H50's stunt coordinator Jeff Cadiente posted online a photo featuring guest star Joel de la Fuente (2nd from the left), Summer Glau, martial artist Keith Jardine (bold, bearded guy), Jeff himself (making the "shaka" gesture) and his stunt team on the set; this one:
Summer's role was further specified by CBS's press release for the episode - Summer Glau will play Maggie Hoapili, the daughter of a Lua (Hawaiian hand-to-hand combat) master - and the promo trailer released shortly after showed that Maggie was indeed going to fight in the arena, even if it's against her will.
Now that we know Summer Glau has a fight scene in the episode, fans would be interested to find out whether she performed her stunt herself or not.
Let me tell you this: there is no way H50 production team is letting her guest star for one episode take the slightest risk to be injured and possibly harm the tight filming schedule of a tv show. Hawaii Five-0 is an action packed serie and they have an experimented stunt team led by the no less experimented Jeff Cadiente.
The very same Jeff Cadiente put it diplomatically in a recent tweet when asked:
As seen in the promo trailer above, Summer's female opponent and Keith Jardine both appear on Jeff Cardiente's group photo (respectively next to Summer and in the middle); the only other female present in this group photo, on the right, has the same facial features and the same hair as Summer (but not the same build, lol); there's a good chance that she is also Summer's stunt double, don't you think?
UPDATE: the woman on the right is Renae Moneymaker, Summer Glau's stunt double in Hawaii Five-0. You can watch her stunt scenes in Hawaii Five-0 at 0:34 of her stunt reel.
As a conclusion, the fact that the stunts are performed by Jeff Cadiente's stunt team and the fact that the talented and experimented Larry Teng directed the episode allows me to think that those fight scenes will be amazing and i'm sure that Summer Glau portrayed perfectly this strong and challenging character, as she always does. And if you're still not convinced, this still from the episode, posted by H50's showrunner Peter Lenkov himself, should: not only has it epic written all over it (love Summer's pose) but it could also mean that Maggie Hoapili wins the fight.
Now i hope you're as excited as I am to watch next Monday episode at 10pm on CBS.
Other actresses who have played an undergroung fight ring scene on tv: