AMC’s critically acclaimed anthology series The Terror has revealed new cast announcements for its second season, which include a starring role for Star Trek legend George Takei.
The renowned actor, author and activist will star in the series and also work as a consultant on the show.
The Terror season 2 is set during the Japanese American internment during World War II.
(Kiki Sukezane joins the cast of The Terror)
The 10 episodes follow the story of “an uncanny spectre that menaces a Japanese American community from its home in Southern California to the internment camps to the war in the Pacific.
Takei joins a cast, which will be lead by Derek Mio.
Mio plays Chester Nakayama, who leaves the community to join the army.
More new cast announcements for season include Kiki Sukezane (Lost in Space) , who will play Yuko, a mysterious woman from Chester’s past; Miki Ishikawa (9-1-1) as Amy, a Nakayama family friend; Shingo Usami (Unbroken) as Henry Nakayama, Chester’s father; and Naoko Mori (Everest) as Asako Nakayama, Chester’s mother.
(Miki Ishikawa joins the cast of The Terror)
Josef Kubota Wladyka (“Narcos”) will direct the first two episodes.
Season two is co-created and executive produced by Alexander Woo (True Blood) and Max Borenstein (Kong: Skull Island, Godzilla).
Who is George Takei?
Made famous for his role as Hikaru Sulu in the legendary science fiction series “Star Trek,” George Takei’s career spans more than six decades in film, television and the stage.
As a child, Takei was imprisoned in two Japanese-American internment camps after the outbreak of World War II. His personal experience and knowledge of this chapter in U.S. history led him to become a leading figure and activist for social justice.
As a consultant, Takei will work closely with the executive producers to ensure the accuracy of historical events and storytelling. On the acting side, he will play Yamato-san, a former fishing captain and community elder.
When is The Terror season 2 coming to AMC?
Production is scheduled to begin in January in Vancouver.
Season two will air on AMC in 2019 with ten episodes, exclusive to BT customers in the UK.
What happened in The Terror season 1?
Inspired by a true story and based on Dan Simmons’ novel of the same name, The Terror centers on the British Royal Navy’s perilous voyage into unchartered territory as the crew attempts to discover the Northwest Passage.
Faced with treacherous conditions, limited resources, dwindling hope and fear of the unknown, the crew is pushed to the brink of extinction. Frozen, isolated and stuck at the end of the earth, The Terror, highlights all that can go wrong when a group of men who are desperate to survive, struggle not only with the elements, but with each other.
The real expedition, which set sail in 1845 and led to more than 120 crew members inexplicably disappearing, has warranted a great deal of speculation. After almost 175 years of searching, coincidentally, the ships were discovered by arctic research groups in 2014 and 2016.
The series stars Jared Harris as Captain Crozier, Tobias Menzies as Captain Fitzjames, Ciaran Hinds as Sir John Franklin, Paul Ready as Dr. Harry Goodsir, Adam Nagaitis as Cornelius Hickey, Nive Nielsen as Lady Silence and Ian Hart as Thomas Blanky.
Season one of The Terror won critical acclaim in the US and UK. Vulture said "The Terror" was "a horrifying 19th century nightmare". The Daily Beast called it "Stunning. TV's most terrifying new show".
TV Insider said it was "literate and philosophical, yet shocking and terrifically scary".
"The Terror has given us the opportunity to take a unique approach to the anthology format. We loved the concept of beginning with an actual historical event and overlaying it with a fictional horror element, and we are immensely proud of this show's combination of cinematic scope and intimate character work," said David Madden, president of original programming for AMC, SundanceTV and AMC Studios.
"We are thrilled to announce a second season and dramatize one of the most chilling and important events of the 20th Century, guided by the vision of the gifted Alexander Woo and Max Borenstein.
"Our deep appreciation goes to the persistently creative and passionate showrunning team of David Kajganich and Soo Hugh, the incomparable Ridley Scott and the rest of the producing team, and the outstanding cast led by Jared Harris for launching this concept and leaving us on the precipice of terrifying new adventures as we continue with the next chapter of The Terror."
How to watch The Terror on AMC
Watch AMC on BT TV – channel 332/381 HD.
BT Sport Pack customers can watch AMC on Sky channel 192.
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