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People probably know actor Nick Frost best from his time appearing alongside his buddy Simon Pegg in the Cornetto Trilogy, a series of films that consist of favorites like Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and The World's End. However, the actor will be venturing off on his own this fall when he heads over to U.S. television screens. Frost will be going over to AMC to join its martial arts action drama, Into the Badlands.
You might not immediately associate Nick Frost with martial arts, but it doesn't sound like the Hot Fuzz actor will be getting to throw too many punches and flip kicks. Deadline has reported that his character is named Bajie, a man with "questionable morals and who's always looking for the next big score." He will become an ally to Daniel Wu's Sunny, helping him along his journey while no doubt looking out for himself in the process.
Nick Frost will join the series in Season 2, which will be premiering in 2017 as opposed to this fall. The renewal order came a bit late in the game, and as such the show's premiere was pushed back. Season 2 will return with a 10 episode run - four more episodes than Season 1. Into the Badlands may not be as successful a series as The Walking Dead and its spin-off Fear the Walking Dead, but the show has continually aired with solid numbers for a cable TV show.
Into the Badlands is set in a world where feudal barons rule the land and problems are solved by way of the fist. Lightly based on Journey to the West, the series follows Sunny (Daniel Wu) and Aramis Knight's M.K. (which hopefully stands for Mortal Kombat) as they journey across the land in search of enlightenment. Also, they have a bunch of crazy kung fu battles along the way.
What the series lacks in story it more than makes up for in spectacle. Into the Badlands features some stunning fight choreography that will surely make its way over to Season 2 intact. The series also stars Orla Brady, Sarah Bolger, Emily Beecham, and Marton Csokas.
This isn't Nick Frost's first genre specific rodeo. All of the Cornetto Trilogy is deeply steeped in well known genres like zombie horror, buddy cop, and science fiction. Frost's foray into the martial arts genre will simply be another check off the list for the Shaun of the Dead actor.
Into the Badlands Season 2 will premiere sometime in 2017, but there is no specific date just yet. For all updates and news on the show make sure to stick with Cinema Blend and we'll keep you updated with more information as it becomes available.