The full cast for Syfy’s upcoming adaptation of comic book Deadly Class has been revealed, along with descriptions of the main characters. After success as comedy directors who mostly worked in television, The Russo Brothers are using the acclaim they’ve gained from Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Captain America: Civil War to pursue all sorts of new projects. This year alone we learned they’re working on adaptations of the Valiant Comic series Quantum & Woody and the hit video game Little Nightmares. Both of those will become TV shows, alongside the true crime series Mastermind that they’ll be directing.
In September, we learned of yet another TV project the pair have in the works. Set to air on Syfy, Deadly Class will see the Russo Brothers producing a series based on the comic of the same name. Written by Rick Remeder with art by Wes Craig, Deadly Class focuses on a school for assassins and protagonist Marcus Lopez who is reluctantly thrown into the life. The series mixes typical high school drama with the blood and violence of an academy for killers, so it will certainly stand out on television. Now, the pilot for the series has its cast.
Deadline has the casting breakdown for Deadly Class, which features both up-and-comers and a few big names. Chief among them is Benedict Wong (Doctor Strange), who will have a starring role in the series. Check out the rest of the cast and their character descriptions below:
Benedict Wong as 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 as 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 as 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 as 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 as 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 as Billy – A 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 as 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.
Along with the leads, Henry Rollins (Sons of Anarchy) will recur as Jürgen Denke, while Deadly Class will see Taylor Hickson (Aftermath) as Petra, Siobhan Williams (UnREAL) as Brandy, Jack Gillett (Storker) as Viktor, Sean Depner (Last Night in Suburbia) as Lex, and Ryan Robbins (Pure) as Rory.
Though all of the cast have credits to their names, the big names are Wong and to a lesser extent Henry Rollins. Best known for his time fronting Black Flag, Rollins has a number of live action and voice acting roles under his belt and is certainly a recognizable presence. Wong, meanwhile, will bring some prestige to the series.
As for Marcus’ classmates, Lana Condor is one of the more established actors on the list. She played Jubilee in X-Men: Apocalypse and will be back for X-Men: Dark Phoenix. She’ll also appear in next year’s Alita: Battle Angel from James Cameron and Robert Rodriguez.
There’s no word yet on when Deadly Class will air on Syfy, but stay tuned for more news as it breaks.
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