One of the stars of the pioneering 1960s NBC sci-fi series “Star Trek” has a new show, with AMC announcing that George Takei is joining season two of its Ridley Scott-produced anthology series “The Terror.”
Takei, who played Sulu on “Star Trek,” will appear as a series regular on “The Terror” and will also work as a consultant on the show. Production on the season is scheduled to begin next month in Vancouver, with the 10-episode season coming to AMC in 2019.
Additional casting includes Kiki Sukezane, Miki Ishikawa, Shingo Usami and Naoko Mori. AMC previously announced that actor Derek Mio will star in the series as Chester Nakayama and Josef Kubota Wladyka (“Narcos”) will direct the first two episodes.
“Set during World War II, the second season of ‘The Terror’ centers on a series of bizarre deaths that haunt a Japanese-American community, and a young man’s journey to understand and combat the malevolent entity responsible,” AMC said in today’s announcement.
Season two is co-created and executive produced by Alexander Woo (“True Blood”) and Max Borenstein (“Kong: Skull Island,” “Godzilla”). Woo also serves as showrunner.
“George Takei’s career spans more than six decades in film, television and the stage,” AMC notes. “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.”
“The Terror” is an AMC Studios production produced by Scott Free, Emjag Productions and Entertainment 360. The show is also executive produced by Ridley Scott, Dan Simmons, David W. Zucker, Alexandra Milchan, Scott Lambert and Guymon Casady.