Irish actress Orla Brady (Wallander) has landed a lead role in AMC’s direct-to-series martial arts drama Badlands, loosely based on the Chinese tale Journey To The West. In a land controlled by feudal barons, Badlands tells the story of a ruthless, well-trained warrior named Sunny (Daniel Wu) and a young boy who embark on a journey across a dangerous land to find enlightenment. Brady, repped by Domain and Independent Talent Group, will play Lydia, Quinn’s first wife, the Baroness who runs her domain with an iron grip. Brady most recently starred in the detective series Jo for TFI. She also starred in the British television series Mistresses, that the ABC series is based on.

Christina Jackson (Boardwalk Empire) has been cast in WGN America’s drama series Outsiders, a tale of struggle for power and control in the hills of Appalachia, from playwright Peter Mattei, producers Peter Tolan and Paul Giamatti, Sony Pictures TV and Tribune Studios. It tells the story of the Farrell clan, a family of outsiders who’ve been in these parts since before anyone can remember. Living off the grid and above the law on their mountaintop homestead, they’ll protect their world and defend their way of life using any means necessary. Jackson will play Sally-Ann, whose fascination with the Farrell clan and Hail (Kyle Gallner) will have powerful consequences.