Deadline is exclusively reporting that Lawrence Kao and Celia Au are the latest names to join the cast of Netflix’s martial arts drama series Wu Assassins.
Wu Assassins is set in San Francisco’s Chinatown, set to have supernatural elements in a martial arts crime series setting. Iko Uwais will star as Kai Jin, a man who becomes the latest and last Wu Assassin chosen to round up the powers of an ancient triad and restore balance once again. Byron Mann will star as Uncle Six.
Lawrence Kao (whose credits include The Originals and Max Steel) will be playing the role of Tommy Wah, a drug addict in search of redemption as he is passed over by his parents in favor of his younger sister who runs the family business. Celia Au (whose credits include Lodge 49 and Where Is Kyra?) will be playing the role of Ying Ying, a quirky, young woman who is wise beyond her years and assists Kai Jin in his mission.
The series is being written by John Wirth (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles and Falling Skies) and were serve as showrunner. The project also hails from Tony Krantz of Flame Ventures and Nomadic Pictures. Stephen Fung (Jump and Into The Badlands) will direct the first two episodes, with Tony Krantz helming the rest. Iko Uwais will also serve as producer, lead martial arts/fight choreographer and stunt coordinator on the series. Krantz will serve as executive producer alongside Nomadic Pictures’ Oakes and Frislev.