Syfy has announced the full cast for Deadly Class, a television adaptation of Rick Remender and Wes Craig’s Image Comics series of the same name. The lineup includes notable actors such as Benedict Wong (Doctor Strange) and Henry Rollins (Sons of Anarchy).
Below is the list of character breakdowns for the series regulars, along with the actors filling each role.
Benedict Wong (Avengers: Infinity War) is set for the role of “Master Lin,” the headmaster of the School for the Deadly Arts. Deadly and feared. He’s an ever-changing chameleon who keeps his students desperate for his approval.
Benjamin Wadsworth (Teen Wolf) will play “Marcus.” At one point we were all Marcus, an awkward outcast full of social anxiety struggling to find his place in the cold and brutal world of high school. Marcus is bottled rage, if his life had been normal this kid might have been an artist, even a poet. Instead he’s had to survive life on the streets of San Francisco. His eyes show it. He’s morally centered in an unethical world.
Lana Condor (X-Men: Apocalypse) will play the role of “Saya,” mysterious and guarded with a deadly reputation. Saya was banished from one of the top Yakuza clans in Japan, sent to the School for the Deadly Arts to redeem herself. Driven to be the valedictorian, nothing will stand in her way.
Maria Gabriela de Faria (Yo Soy Franky) is set for the role of “Maria.” One minute Maria’s an extrovert and an exhibitionist, a tornado of ever changing emotions—fierce, charming, beautiful and oozing femininity — the next she’s murderous, feral, and crippled by rage. At the School for the Deadly Arts her instability is treated like a super power.
Luke Tennie (Shock and Awe) will play “Willie,” a hardened gangster, but underneath is an honest and thoughtful person who would rather be reading comic books and listening to music than engaging in blood work. Forced by his mother, leader of an LA gang, into the School for the Deadly Arts, he is under endless pressure to become the thing he hates most.
Liam James (The Family) is set to play “Billy,” skater punk, son of a corrupt cop and now a misfit at the school. He’s off kilter and high energy. Billy combats every situation with sarcasm and humor. Always a glimmer of mischief in his eye.
Michel Duval (Queen of the South) is set for the role of “Chico,” scary, muscular, son of a cartel drug lord. Everyone knows not to mess with Chico. The only one who can hurt him is his girlfriend.
Recurring roles include Rollins as Jürgen Denke, Taylor Hickson (Aftermath) as Petra, Siobhan Williams (UnREAL) as Brandy, Jack Gillett (Storker) as Lex, Sean Depner (Last Night in Suburbia) as Viktor and Ryan Robbins (Pure) as Rory.
Launched in 2014, Deadly Class is set in the late ’80s and follows a disillusioned kid as he enrolls at King’s Dominion High School for the Deadly Arts, where the children of the world’s worst crime families send their children to be trained as assassins.
Deadly Class will join Grant Morrison and Darick Robertson’s Happy! and the Superman-themed Krypton on Syfy, as the network looks to expand its comic book programming. Remender had previously hinted that both Deadly Class and Black Science — the sci-fi adventure he created with artist Matteo Scalera — might be heading to television, though there has been no update on Black Science as yet.
Remender and Miles Feldsott will write the Deadly Class adaptation, with Sony Pictures TV Studios co-producing with Universal Cable Prods. Banshee‘s Adam Targum will direct, with Lee Toland Krieger serving as showrunner. Avengers: Infinity War directors Joe and Anthony Russo are on board to executive produce.
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