With Syfy‘s adaptation of Rick Remender and Wes Craig‘s critically acclaimed Image Comics comic book Deadly Class set to start its school year in 2019, we’re getting a new look at the series in the form of a teaser that welcomes us to The Academy – in it’s own “special” way. Adapted for television by Remender and Miles Orion Feldsott (American Koko), and spearheaded by Avengers: Infinity War directors Joe Russo and Anthony Russo, here’s your official welcome – and they’re not big on using owls:
Set in a dark, comic book world against the backdrop of late 80s counter culture, DEADLY CLASS follows a homeless teen recruited into a storied elite private school where the world’s top crime families send their next generations. Maintaining his moral code while surviving a ruthless curriculum, vicious social cliques and his own adolescent uncertainties soon proves to be vital. Based on the best-selling 2014 Image Comics graphic novel, DEADLY CLASS is a coming of age journey full of ancient mystery and teen angst.
DEADLY CLASS stars Benedict Wong (“Doctor Strange,” “Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams”), Benjamin Wadsworth (“Teen Wolf”), Lana Condor (“X-Men: Apocalypse,” “Alita: Battle Angel”), Maria Gabriela de Faria (“Yo Soy Franky,” “Sitiados”), Luke Tennie (“Shock and Awe”), Liam James (“The Way Way Back,” “The Killing”) and Michel Duval (“Señora Acero,” “Queen of the South”).
From Sony Pictures Television and Universal Cable Productions, DEADLY CLASS was adapted for television by Rick Remender and Miles Orion Feldsott, who will serve as executive producers alongside Joe Russo (“Avengers: Infinity War,” “Captain America: Civil War”), Anthony Russo (“Avengers: Infinity War,” “Captain America: Civil War”) and Mike Larocca (“Spy”). Adam Targum (“Banshee”) from Chipmunk Hill also served as executive producer on the pilot, along with Lee Toland Krieger (“The Age of Adaline”), who also directed. Mick Betancourt (“Chicago P.D.”) will serve as series showrunner and also executive produce.
DEADLY CLASS will premiere on SYFY in 2019.
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.
Tom Stevens (Wayward Pines) will play Chester “F*ckface” Wilson, a resident of the same boys’ home Marcus lived in before an incident there sends him out onto the streets of San Francisco. An incident at the boys’ home leaves Chester thirsty for revenge against Marcus, his new archenemy. Built like a linebacker with a distinct face, he is vile and volatile, and ready to take down anyone in his path to vengeance.
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.