The latest tease for “Into the Badlands” makes one thing totally clear: The fights are going to be awesome.
AMC’s six-episode martial arts series premieres at 9 p.m. CT Nov. 15, but the network obviously can’t wait to get things going. I’d be fine with an earlier debut.
The clip comes from the premiere episode, when Sunny (Daniel Wu), one of the baddest warriors in the Badlands, comes upon a group of raiders who attacked a convoy owned by Sunny’s boss. Take a look at what Sunny does to the men who don’t want to give up their spoils.
Yes, “Into the Badlands” takes its neck-breaking, bone-crushing, back-snapping fight scenes seriously. Wu and fight director Stephen Fung are two of the biggest names in Hong Kong’s film industry. They’ve starred in, produced or directed many popular martial arts movies.
Wu does his own fighting in the series, which is loosely based on the 16th Century Chinese novel “Journey to the West.”
The show is set centuries from now, where a feudal society has emerged and guns have been outlawed. The Badlands have been divided among seven rival barons who control resources such as oil and opium. They enforce their rules by using personal armies of clippers, or soldiers.
When Sunny discovers a boy named M.K. (Aramis Knight), he decides he and the boy must leave the Badlands. The dangerous journey will pit them against Sunny’s boss Quinn (Marton Csokas), the most powerful baron in the Badlands, and Quinn’s rival, The Widow (Emily Beecham).
Other cast members include Oliver Stark as Ryder, Quinn’s son; Orla Brady as Lydia, Quinn’s wife; Sarah Bolger as Jade, Quinn’s soon-to-be second wife; Ally Ioannides as Tilda, The Widow’s clipper; and Madeleine Mantock as Veil, Sunny’s secret girlfriend.
Wu and Fung serve as executive producers along with writers/showrunners Al Gough and Miles Millar. Also producing the series are Stacey Sher, Michael Shamberg and director David Dobkin.