SYFY has commissioned a pilot for a TV adaptation of the graphic novel Deadly Class, and has set the cast of series regulars and already locked in some guest stars as well.
Deadly Class follows a disillusioned teen recruited into a storied high school for assassins. Maintaining his moral code while surviving a ruthless curriculum, vicious social cliques, and his own adolescent uncertainties may prove fatal. Set against the backdrop of late 80s counter culture, Deadly Class is a coming of age journey unlike anything you’ve ever seen.
Benedict Wong 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. British actor Wong is best known for his roles in Dr. Strange, The Martian, and recently starred in Marco Polo. Recent television credits include Black Mirror: Hated In The Nation, Electric Dreams and Blade Runner: Nexus Dawn. Next year Wong will star in Avengers: Infinity War and Alex Garland’s Annihilation. Wong is repped by himself and Attorney Robert Wallerstein.
Benjamin Wadsworth 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. Wadsworth was last seen in the hit series finale episode of Teen Wolf. Just last year he played the leading role of Henry in the TV pilot adaptation of the feature film, Let The Right One In. Wadsworth is from Houston, Texas and is repped by UTA, Principato-Young and Myman, Greenspan, Fineman, Fox, & Light LLP.
Lana Condor 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. In 2016, Condor made her feature film debut in X-Men: Apocalypse. In 2017, Condor appeared in Patriot’s Day alongside Mark Wahlberg and as Allison in James Franco’s High School Lover. She can next be seen as Koyomi in James Cameron’s highly anticipated film, Alita: Battle Angel out in 2018. Condor is represented by ICM and attorney Matt Rosen.
Maria Gabriela de Faria 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. De Faria most recently starred as Franky in the Latin America hit series Yo Soy Franky and will soon be seen in the starring role of Zaita in season two of acclaimed period drama Sitiados. De Faria has been nominated for eleven Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards, winning seven assorted “Favorite Actress”, “Favorite Villain” and “Favorite Character” 2010 and 2016. She was nominated for “Favorite Latin Star” in the US Kid’s Choice Awards tin 2016. De Faria is repped by Buchwald, Sheri Howell at SuperKollider Management, and Chad Christopher / Hayes Robbins at Stone, Genow, Smelkinson, Binder and Christopher.
Luke Tennie 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. The Deadly Class pilot will be Tennie’s first TV gig. He has two features coming out: Rob Reiner’s film Shock and Awe opposite Woody Harrelson and James Marsden; lead in indie film Vengeance from director Dallas Jackson. He is repped by Abrams Artists Agency and Primary Wave Entertainment.
Liam James 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. James was most recently seen starring opposite Joan Allen in the series The Family, created by Jenna Bans. Prior to that, he played the coveted lead role of Duncan in The Way, Way Back, starring opposite Steve Carrell, Toni Collette, Sam Rockwell, and Allison Janney. James was also a cast member of critically acclaimed drama The Killing playing opposite Mireille Enos as her son Jack. He is repped by Management 360, The Gersh Agency, and Stone, Genow, Smelkinson, Binder and Christopher.
Michel Duval 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. Duval is a series regular in Señora Acero now in its fourth season. He starred in the TV Series Ultimo Año and played one of the lead roles in the Mexican version of Gossip Girl. In theatre he participated in “Romeo and Juliet” and “Pericles,” both productions premiered in NY. You can also see him in the second season of Queen Of The South in a guest star role. Duval is repped by TOR Entertainment/Talent On The Road Management.
Additionally, the following guest cast have been confirmed: Henry Rollins (renowned Musician, Sons of Anarchy) will recur 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.
Deadly Class is produced by Universal Cable Productions and Sony Pictures Television. Adam Targum, Rick Remender, Miles Orion Feldsott, Anthony Russo, Joe Russo, Mike Larocca, and Lee Toland Krieger serve as executive producers.