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George Takei is joining AMC’s The Terror for its second season, both as a castmember and a consultant on the story.
The new season of the anthology series will be set in a World War II internment camp for Japanese Americans and center on Chester Nakayama (Derek Mio, Greek), a young man trying to understand and fight the malevolent entity responsible for a series of bizarre deaths in his community.
Takei, best known for his Star Trek role as Sulu, was interned at two camps as a child and is working with showrunner Alexander Woo (True Blood), co-creator and executive producer Max Borenstein (Kong: Skull Island) and the other producers to help ensure historical accuracy. His character, Yamato-san, is a former fishing captain and community elder.
Joining Mio and Takei as series regulars are Kiki Sukezane (Lost in Space) as Yuko, a mysterious woman from Chester’s past; Miki Ishikawa (911) as Amy, a Nakayama family friend; Shingo Usami (Unbroken) as Chester’s father, Henry; and Naoko Mori (Everest) as Chester’s mother, Asako.
Josef Kubota Wladyka (Narcos) is directing the first two episodes; production is set to begin in January.
Season one of The Terror, a fictionalized account of the doomed Franklin expedition to the Arctic in the 1840s, drew decent ratings and almost universally positive reviews. The AMC Studios series is produced by Scott Free, Emjag Productions and Entertainment 360; in addition to Woo and Borenstein, executive producers are Ridley Scott, Dan Simmons, David W. Zucker, Alexandra Milchan, Scott Lambert and Guymon Casady.
Takei is repped by Buchwald; Sukezane by Abrams Artists Agency; Ishikawa by Global Artists Agency and Abrams Entertainment; Usami by Sophie Jermyn Management; and Mori by Creative Artists Management and Thruline Entertainment.
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