1:00 pm EDT, September 13, 2018

Fans of ‘Into the Badlands’ should keep an eye on ‘Wu Assassins’

Wu Assassins is coming to Netflix in the near future, and it seems like exactly the kind of show fans of Into the Badlands would enjoy.

The hiatus between the first and second half of Into the Badlands has been tough, and we still have several months left to go before the final eight episodes hit our screens in 2019.

Finding a show comparable to Badlands is difficult, if not impossible, but there is a contender in sight: Wu Assassins, which will be another Netflix Original. While it’s unlikely the show will premiere in time to tide us over for Badlands’ return, it could help with the summer hiatus, should AMC’s hit martial arts show get picked up for a fourth season.

Netflix’s official description reads, “The last in a line of Chosen Ones, a wannabe chef teams up with a homicide detective to unravel an ancient mystery and take down supernatural assassins.”

If you’re looking for shows like Into the Badlands, then Wu Assassins sounds like a direct hit.

That wannabe chef is Kai Jin, played by Iko Uwais, who will find out he’s a Wu Assassin tasked with restoring balance to the world. Uwais’ role is similar to Daniel Wu’s on Into the Badlands. Wu began his venture with the show as an executive producer in charge of the action, but was eventually cast as Sunny, the series lead.

Uwais will not only be starring in Assassins, but he will be a producer as well as the lead martial arts and fight choreographer and stunt coordinator. This means he’ll be in charge of all the fight scenes on the show, meaning not only will we potentially be getting a great performance out of him, but some stellar action as well.

If you’re unfamiliar with Uwais, you’ll be happy to learn he is an Indonesian actor best known for Merantau (2009), The Raid (2011), The Raid 2 (2014), and Headshot (2016), and even made a brief appearance in The Force Awakens. The first two films are critically acclaimed, so it stands to reason that what we’ll get out of Wu Assassins is something to remember.

But its focus on martial arts isn’t the only reason why this show is like Into the Badlands. If you loved Lewis Tan as Gaius Chau, then you’ll be delighted to hear he has a main role on the Netflix series as well. He’ll be playing Lu Xin Lee, who’s described as “a suave, fierce intelligent leader who owns and operates his own custom garage a la West Coast Customs and runs a car theft ring for the Triad.”

We obviously also saw Tan in Deadpool 2 as Shatterstar, albeit more briefly than his fans probably would’ve liked. Still, Tan’s talents are easy to see, and Badlands enthusiasts are bound to be excited about his new series. I’m not sure yet if his character is strictly a bad guy or if he’ll be operating in a gray area, but he sounds interesting, nonetheless.

Katheryn Winnick will be starring as Christine “C.G.” Gavin, who’s “an undercover cop caught in the middle of a gang war that’s breaking out in Chinatown.” She’ll be the one working closely with Kai in order to figure out what the hell is going on in Chinatown. And they won’t be the only ones digging deeper, as Tommy Flanagan will star as Alec McCullough, “an international crime boss with a mysterious interest in San Francisco’s Chinatown.”

Byron Mann will play Uncle Six, while Tzi Ma will portray Mr. Young, “a kindly Chinatown grocer and a mentor to Kai.”

The connections to Into the Badlands don’t stop there, however, as Stephen Fung will direct the first two episodes of Wu Assassins. Passionate Badlands fans will remember Fung is an executive producer, director, and action director for AMC’s series.

There’s a lot of shared blood between the two shows, as well as a shared genre. Into the Badlands has proven there’s interest in a kind of show that balances beautiful cinematography, detailed storytelling, and incredible stunts. Western audiences want this kind of content, and hopefully Wu Assassins is just the latest in a long line of series that are willing to deliver.

There’s isn’t much more information about the series at the moment, as they just began filming in August 2018, but keeping an eye on Lewis Tan’s social media is a good place to start!

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