Seven months after the network ordered the project to pilot, Syfy has ordered the pilot adaptation of Rick Remender and Wes Craig‘s graphic novel Deadly Class to series.
From executive producers Joe and Anthony Russo (Avengers: Infinity War), director Lee Toland Krieger (Riverdale), and showrunner Adam Targum (Banshee), the series is set in a dark, comic book world against the backdrop of late 1980s counter culture. The series adaptation focuses on a homeless teen recruited into a storied elite private school where the world’s top crime families send their next generations — and where maintaining his moral code while surviving a ruthless curriculum, vicious social cliques, and his own adolescent uncertainties soon will prove to be vital.
Deadly Class boasts a script from Remender and Miles Feldsott, with Krieger directing and Targum (Banshee) as showrunner. Produced by Universal Cable Productions and Sony Pictures Television. Targum, Remender, Feldsott, the Russo Brothers, Krieger, and Mike Larocca serve as executive producers.
Benedict Wong (Avengers: Infinity War) is set for the series regular 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.
Benjamin Wadsworth (Teen Wolf) 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.
Lana Condor (X-Men: Apocalypse) will play 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.
Maria Gabriela de Faria (Sitiados) is set for 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.
Luke Tennie (Shock and Awe) 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.
Liam James (The Family) 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.
Michel Duval (Queen of the South) will play 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.
In addition, Deadly Class includes: Henry Rollins (Sons of Anarchy) as Jürgen Denke; Taylor Hickson (Aftermath) as Petra; Siobhan Williams (UnREAL) as Brandy; Jack Gillett (Storker) as Viktor; Sean Depner (Last Night in Suburbia) as Lex; and Ryan Robbins (Pure) as Rory.
First published in 2014 by Image Comics, here’s the series synopsis for Deadly Class:
“It’s 1987. Marcus Lopez hates school. His grades suck. He has no money. The jocks are hassling his friends. He can’t focus in class, thanks to his mind constantly drifting to the stunning girl in the front row and the Dag Nasty show he has tickets to. But the jocks are the children of Joseph Stalin’s top assassin, the teachers are members of an ancient league of assassins, the class he’s failing is ‘Dismemberment 101,’ and his crush, a member of the most notorious crime syndicate in Japan, has a double-digit body count.
Welcome to the most brutal high school on Earth, where the world’s top crime families send the next generation of assassins to be trained. Murder is an art. Killing is a craft. At King’s Dominion High School for the Deadly Arts, the dagger in your back isn’t always metaphorical, nor is your fellow classmates’ poison.”
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