Deadline is reporting that Chen Tang, Celine Buckens, Miranda Raison and Maria Elena Laas have signed up to star in the upcoming second season of drama series Warrior at Cinemax, whilst Dustin Nguyen will be promoted to series regular.
Based on the writings of martial arts legend Bruce Lee, Warrior is an action-packed crime drama set during the brutal Tong Wars of San Francisco’s Chinatown in the second half of the 19th Century. The series focuses on Ah Sahm, a martial arts prodigy who emigrates from China to San Francisco under mysterious circumstances. After proving his worth as a fighter, Ah Sahm becomes a hatchet man for the Hope Wei, one of Chinatown’s most powerful organised crime families, or tongs.
Dustin Nguyen has been recurring in the first season as Zing, a ruthless, unpredictable leader of the Fung Hai tong. Zing’s partnership with Mai Ling and his unrelenting grip on Big Bill position him to become a powerful new force in Chinatown.
Chen Tang (whose credits include Bosch and the upcoming Disney live-action remake of Mulan) will be playing the role of Hong, a somewhat eccentric but no less deadly hatchet man sent over from China to join the Hop Wei tong’s ranks.
Celine Buckens (whose credits include Free Rein and War Horse) will be playing the role of Sophie Mercer, a young, rebellious woman, chafing against the constraints of her blue-blooded upbringing, who crosses family lines to take up the cause of the Irish Workingmen.
Miranda Raison (whose credits include Dark Heart and Nightflyers) will be playing the role of Nellie Davenport, a wealthy widow who uses her husband’s fortunes to ease the plight of young girls forced into prostitution.
Maria Elena Laas (whose credits include Vida and American Weapon) will be playing the role of Rosalita Vega, a tough, savvy, opportunistic Mexican woman who runs a notorious fight club on San Francisco’s famed Barbary Coast.
Only renewed for a second season a few weeks ago, casting has now officially begun for the second season of the series created by Jonathan Tropper and produced by Justin Lin.
The first season of Warrior stars Andrew Koji, Olivia Cheng, Jason Tobin, Dianne Doan, Kieran Bew, Dean Jagger, Joanna Vanderham, Tom Weston-Jones, Hoon Lee, Langley Kirkwood, Christian McKay and Joe Taslim.