DEADLY CLASS follows a disillusioned teen recruitedinto 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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.’
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.
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.