Japanese-American actor Derek Mio has been cast as the lead in season 2 of AMC’s, The Terror.
Mio will play a young soldier named Chester Nakayama. Nakayama, the son of Japanese-born immigrants, undergoes a transformation from being a naive kid to becoming a war hero, after leaving his sheltered life in his insular Japanese-American community to join the army.
Just like the first season, the series will follow the lives of those haunted by a menacing entity. Season 1 was inspired by the true story Captain Sir John Franklin’s lost expedition to the Arctic in 1845.
The next iteration will be set during World War II and center on an uncanny specter that menaces a Japanese-American community from its home in Southern California to the internment camps to the war in the Pacific.
Ridley Scott returns to executive produce season 2, with Alexander Woo and Max Borenstein co-creating. Woo is under an overall deal with AMC Studios and is set as the showrunner. Josef Kubota Wladyka has been tapped to direct the first episode of the 10-episode season.
Mio can be seen next in Netflix’s upcoming docu-series, Medal of Honor.
AMC is expected to release The Terror season 2 in 2019.