Netflix has been on a roll producing its own original programming for the past few years, with its action-laden series’ such as “Sense8”, “Altered Carbon”, and the service’s numerous Marvel offerings becoming major hits. Now, it looks like Netflix is ready to blow the lid off once again with its newly greenlit supernatural martial arts series, “Wu Assassins”, set to be headlined by “The Raid” star, Iko Uwais!
The 10-episode series will see Iko assume the role of Kai Jin, who finds himself bestowed with the power of the mythical “Wu Assassin”, and tasked with collecting the powers of an ancient triad in San Francisco’s Chinatown. Byron Mann, who can currently be seen on Netflix in the series “Altered Carbon, is also set to appear in the role of the mysterious Uncle Six.
Under the direction of showrunner John Wirth of “Hell on Wheels” and “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles”, the first two episodes of the series are set to be helmed by another name familiar to martial arts fans, Stephen Fung. A veteran of Hong Kong cinema (always a high mark for lovers of action right there) past directorial credits include 2005’s “House of Fury”, along with “Tai Chi Zero” and “Tai Chi Hero”. However, Fung is best known in the English-speaking world for his role as action director on the AMC martial arts-drama series, “Into the Badlands”, currently in the midst of its third season. Anyone who’s caught even a single episode of the series will readily agree it’s the best action-driven series on television today. Add the leading man of “The Raid” films (who also happens to be one third of the titular motley crew in the highly anticipated, upcoming martial arts ensemble “Triple Threat”) to the mix, and no self-respecting martial arts fan has any excuse not to mark their calendars when a premiere date for “Wu Assassins” is announced!
“Wu Assassins” is set to begin production next month for a 2019 release on Netflix. Stay tuned for more info on the series as it ‘creeps’ up! What are your first impressions on “Wu Assassins” and which other action stars (or “Zen-FUncles”) would you nominate for this mythical-themed series? Let us know in the comments below; Like, share and join in the conversation with us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter & Instagram. (Keep your WU-FU on high by checking out more of our news and reviews!)