‘Sense8’ Star Abruptly Replaced for Season 2 Over Wachowski Conflict
The Wachowski pedigree and a massive international production didn’t quite turn Netflix sci-fi drama Sense8 into a global hit, and Season 2 may have a minor snag even before is premiere. “Sensate” actor Aml Ameen has abruptly left the series, with a replacement already cast, reportedly owing to a conflict with Lana Wachowski.
Deadline describes the circumstances of Ameen’s exit as “murky,” though some kind of conflict between the actor and creator/writer/director Lana Wachowski apparently began at the Season 2 table read in Berlin, worsening in India, and leading to Ameen’s exit after several filmed episodes. Actor Toby Onwumere will now step in for the role of Kenyan sensate Capheus “Van Damme.”
At least one star doesn’t appear to mind the turnover, as Jamie Clayton tweeted:
Sense8 follows eight characters around the world who, in the aftermath of a tragic death, find themselves linked to each other mentally and emotionally. Its cast includes Daryl Hannah, LOST star Naveen Andrews, Brian J. Smith (Stargate: Universe), Tuppence Middleton (Jupiter Ascending), Freema Agyeman (Doctor Who), Indian actress Tena Desae, South Korean actress Doona Bae, German actor Max Riemelt, Mexican actors Alfonso Herrera and Erendira Ibarra as well as Jamie Clayton, Miguel Silvestre and Terrence Mann.
As of yet, Sense8 Season 2 doesn’t have an official premiere window, nor does it seem likely Ameen’s scenes would be reshot, but will Season 2 fare any better with some new blood?