“Star Trek” alum George Takei has joined the second season of the Ridley Scott-produced AMC anthology series, “The Terror,” as a consultant and series regular, the cabler announced Tuesday.
Set in an intermittent camp during World War II, the second season of “The Terror” centers on a series of bizarre deaths that haunt a Japanese-American community, and young man Chester Nakayama’s (Derek Mio) journey to understand and combat the malevolent entity responsible.
Per AMC: “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.”
In addition to Takei, new Season 2 cast members include Kiki Sukezane (“Lost in Space”) as 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.
Season 2 is co-created and executive produced by Alexander Woo (“True Blood”) and Max Borenstein (“Kong: Skull Island,” “Godzilla”). Woo also serves as showrunner while Josef Kubota Wladyka (“Narcos”) will direct the first two episodes. Production is scheduled to begin in Vancouver in January, with Season 2 set to premiere on AMC in 2019 with ten episodes.
Takei is repped by Buchwald. Sukezane is repped by Abrams Artists Agency. Ishikawa is repped by Global Artists Agency and Abrams Entertainment. Usami is repped by Sophie Jermyn Management. Mori is repped by Creative Artists Management and Thruline Entertainment.
“The Terror” is an AMC Studios production produced by Scott Free, Emjag Productions and Entertainment 360. Scott executive produces, along with Dan Simmons, David W. Zucker, Alexandra Milchan, Scott Lambert and Guymon Casady.
AMC Studios Content Distribution is managing worldwide sales of “The Terror.”