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Daniel Wu Cast as Lead in AMC’s Martial Arts Series ‘Badlands’

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Hong Kong film star Daniel Wu (Protégé, The Banquet) has been cast as the lead in AMC’s Badlands, which got a straight-to-series order back in July. Wu will also serve as an executive producer along with Al Gough, Miles Millar, Stacy Sher, Michael Shamberg, and Stephen Fung.

Badlands is a genre-bending martial arts series very loosely based on the classic Chinese tale Journey to the West. In a land controlled by feudal barons, Badlands tells the story of a great warrior and a young boy who embark on a journey across a dangerous land to find enlightenment.

AMC will air six, one-hour long episodes of Badlands in late 2015 or early 2016. Entertainment One Television (eOne) is handling international distribution. In addition to Wu, the cast includes Sarah Bolger (Once Upon A Time), Emily Beecham (28 Weeks Later), and Oliver Stark (The Adventurer: The Curse of the Midas Box). David Dobkin (The Judge, Wedding Crashers) will direct.

Joel Stillerman, AMC’s vice president of original programming, said: “This creative team has so much expertise in bringing a fresh take to classic genres from their film and television experience, and their take on martial arts will be no exception. Along with a beautiful story, they’ve also assembled the A-Team of martial arts fight choreography in Daniel Wu and Stephen Fung.”