Tom Stevens is enrolling in Syfy’s ‘Deadly Class’ in the recurring villain role as Chester “F*ckface” Wilson.
F*ckface is a figure from the past of lead character Marcus Lopez, played on the series by Benjamin Wadsworth. Chester and Marcus were residents at the same orphanage. Following his parents’ death, Marcus wound up in this home where he was forced to perform intense manual labor and was subjected to physical abuse and degradation, until an “explosive” incident. Marcus struck out on his own on the streets of San Francisco, before being recruited to attend King’s Dominion Atelier of the Deadly Arts, a school attended by the offspring of mobsters and murderers, who are being trained to become the next generation of lethal criminals. As Marcus says in the pilot, “Just doesn’t matter where they’re from, kids are all the same – vicious. Only difference is, in this place … the dagger they put in your back is real.”
As for F*ckface, according to Heroic Hollywood, “Wilson is brutal, unnerving, vicious, and is the perfect existential threat for Marcus,” while Deadline added, that he was “Built like a linebacker with a distinct face, he is vile and volatile, and ready to take down anyone in his path to vengeance.”
Stevens may be best remembered for his role as Jason Higgins on FOX’s ‘Wayward Pines’. He more recently had the role of Stevie on Freeform’s supernatural drama ‘Beyond’. He has also completed a role on the NatGeo miniseries ‘Valley of the Boom’ which is set to premiere in late September and depicts the 1990s tech boom.
Benjamin Wadsworth plays ‘Deadly Class” main character, Marcus. The cast also includes Benedict Wong as Headmaster Lin and Lana Condor as Saya Kuroki, the person who recruits Marcus for King’s Dominion and serves as his first mentor and love interest. Also part of the series are Erica Cerra, María Gabriela de Faría, Michel Duval, Taylor Hickson, Liam James, Luke Tennie, Siobhan Williams and Henry Rollins.
Marvel directors Anthony and Joe Russo serve as executive producers.
Adapted from the Image Comics series by writer Rick Remender and artist Wes Craig, ‘Deadly Class’ is set in the late 1980s and was inspired by Remender’s own dark adolescence spent in and around Phoenix, Arizona. As Remender, who acts as co-showrunner on the adaptation said:
“I wanted to explore that time in my life and the impressions high school, coupled with that violence, left on me. As someone who saw friends shot and was nearly beaten to death twice, the effects the violence had on me and how I proceed in life [are still there]. If I walk into a crowded place, I’m still checking my periphery and I’m still nervous about my surroundings. I don’t know if that will ever go away.”
And don’t expect the series to pull any punches, as Remender stated, “Media needs to see what we were snorting back then.”
‘Deadly Class’ will be in session on Syfy in 2019.