AMC’s straight-to-series martial arts drama, which had been tentatively titled Badlands, has an official title, Into The Badlands, and three more regular cast additions. Set as the young lead opposite star Daniel Wu is actor Aramis Knight. Also cast in the series are Madeleine Mantock (The Tomorrow People) and Ally Ioannides (Parenthood).
Set to premiere in the fall, the six-episode Into the Badlands is loosely based on the Chinese tale Journey To The West. In a land controlled by feudal barons, the series tells the story of a ruthless, well-trained warrior named Sunny (Wu) and a young boy, M.K. (Knight), who embark on a journey across a dangerous land to find enlightenment. No longer a boy but not yet a man, M.K. is fearless and tests Sunny’s patience on a daily basis. Under Sunny’s tutelage, M.K. will become a martial artist of unrivaled skill.
Mantock, repped by Paradigm, CAM in the UK and Fred Tozcek, plays Veil, a beguiling beauty and Sunny’s lover. She is a doctor who specializes in making and applying prosthetic limbs for Clippers (squads of assassins) who have lost them.
Ioannides, repped by Abrams Artists Agency and Authentic Management, plays Tilda, one of The Widow’s “butterflies,” who is trained to kill and who befriends M.K.
The trio join previously announced series regulars Wu, Emily Beecham, Sarah Bolger and Oliver Stark.
Fifteen-year-old Knight, repped by Ellen Meyer Management, SMGSB and the Osbrink Agency, recently co-starred in Summit Entertainment’s Ender’s Game. In TV, he has done arcs on Dexter and General Hospital.
David Dobkin is directing Into The Badlands, which was created by writers-showrunners Al Gough and Miles Millar. The three serve as executive producers along with Stacey Sher and Michael Shamberg, Stephen Fung and Wu for AMC Studios.