Image Comics’ ‘Deadly Class’ created by writer Rick Remender and artist Wes Craig is coming to life on Syfy, courtesy of producers Joe and Anthony Russo, directors of some of Marvel’s biggest films like ‘Captain America: Civil War’ and the upcoming ‘Avengers: Infinity War’. The comic was adapted for television by Remender and Miles Orion Feldsott, with Lee Toland Krieger serving as director of the pilot and Adam Targum as showrunner.
The comic is set in the late 1980s and focuses on the students at King’s Dominion High School for the Deadly Arts, all training to be the deadliest assassins and killers of the future. Here is the show’s synopsis:
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.
Last week, we discovered who had been cast on the series, with ‘Doctor Strange”s Benedict Wong heading things up as the school’s headmaster, Master Lin. Now, the Russo Brothers have unveiled the young student cast in character, complete with a wink toward ‘Deadly Class’ comic book origins.
The photo includes some of the previously announced cast members, but not all, plus a few who were not previously mentioned, so they are either supporting characters or– based on the premise of the show– could be “red shirts” who don’t make it past the pilot.
In addition to Wong, the main cast consists of Benjamin Wadsworth as Marcus, Lana Condor as Saya, Maria Gabriela de Faria as Maria, Luke Tennie as Willie, Liam James as Billy and Michel Duval as Chico. The supporting cast includes Henry Rollins as Jürgen Denke, Taylor Hickson as Petra, Siobhan Williams as Brandy, Jack Gillett as Viktor, Sean Depner as Lex and Ryan Robbins as Rory.
There’s no word yet on when the show will debut.