It was only a matter of time following our report and common knowledge among those in the know, but the hit Cinemax series, Warrior, officially added five new faces to the battlefield of the recently-renewed series.
Actor Dustin Nguyen, who recurs in the first season will also star the next one, and will also direct the sixth episode. Deadline‘s Denise Petski elucidates the details on the official additions of actor Chen Tang, and actresses Celine Buckens, Miranda Raison and Maria Elena Laas:
Nguyen’s Zing is 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.
Tang will play Hong, a somewhat eccentric but no less deadly hatchet man sent over from China to join the Hop Wei tong’s ranks.
Buckens will portray 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.
Raison is Nellie Davenport, a wealthy widow who uses her husband’s fortunes to ease the plight of young girls forced into prostitution.
Laas recurs as Rosalita Vega, a tough, savvy, opportunistic Mexican woman who runs a notorious fight club on San Francisco’s famed Barbary Coast.
In case you’re not keeping score on Warrior, here’s the skinny: The show premired last month with a set of ten episodes – its narrative once upon a time created by late screen legend Bruce Lee and rejected by studios thereafter, and revived by daughter, Bruce Lee Entertainment’s own Shannon Lee and creators Justin Lin (The Fast And The Furious franchise) of Perfect Storm and Jonathan Tropper (Banshee) of Tropper Ink.
The current season of Warrior takes place in the late 19th century during the brutal Chinatown tong wars of San Francisco, battleground where provident martial artist, Ah Sahm (Andrew Koji) is forced to tread carefully as a newly skinned-in hatchet man for the Hop Wei tong while struggling to reunite with his sister who has other plans.
The past five episodes have seen tensions brew with Ah Sahm surviving a brief stint in jail and being framed for a crime he didn’t commit, all while slowly revealing small pieces of himself in the midst of his treacherous journey, including key, nuanced details and secrets shared between himself, Mai Ling, Hop Wei boss Father Joon’s son Young Joon (Jason Tobin), cunning Chinatown Madame Ah Toy (Olivia Cheng), and the San Francisco mayor’s wife, Penny Blake (Joanna Vanderham) among a few others.
Season one of Warrior is now at the halfway point with episode 6 airing Friday night at 10:00 pm EST. Peep the photos and description below:
Tensions escalate between the Hop Wei and Long Zii after an assassination attempt during a boisterous Chinatown parade. Big Bill (Kieran Bew) sets out to pay his debt to Jack Damon (Brendan Murray), leaving Lee (Tom Weston-Jones) to keep watch over Lucy (Emily Child) and the kids. Mayor Blake (Christian McKay) and Deputy Mayor Buckley (Langley Kirkwood) get a mandate from Robert Crestwood (Patrick Baladi), a senator with eyes on the White House.
Written by Evan Endicott & Josh Stoddard; directed by David Petrarca.
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