Are you ready for more demits (demons)? HBO Asia announced that its action fantasy series Halfworlds has been renewed for a second season. The show will retain its original eight-part format and is set for release at the end of 2016.
So what’s going to be different this season? Well, it looks like Halfworlds Season 2 is going for a major overhaul from director to cast and setting.
1. Joko Anwar is no longer directing the show
Halfworlds Season Two will be directed by Thai filmmaker Ekachai Uekrongtham. He made his directorial debut in 2003 with sports biopic Beautiful Boxer.
His second film, Pleasure Factory, a documentary drama set in Singapore’s red light district Geylang was selected for the Un Certain Regard competition at Cannes Film Festival in 2007.
His last movie Skin Trade was released in 2007 and it starred Dolph Lungdren (remember him?) as a detective looking into the human trafficking trade in Thailand.
2. Halfworlds moves away from Jakarta
The demits go international! Sort of.
Halfworlds Season 2 takes viewers out from the seedy underground of Jakarta to Bangkok in Thailand.
In a press statement, HBO Asia CEO Jonathan Spink said: “Halfworlds was created to transcend geographical boundaries.”
It will also be shot in Batam, Indonesia.
3. Instead of Sara, we’re getting a girl called Juliet
In the first season, the series focuses on Sara (played by Indonesian actress Salvita Decorte), a street artist who finds herself getting closer to unveiling the clandestine connection between demits and humans.
Halfworlds Season 2 will be based on a researcher named Juliet and her research is on the secret world of demons.
At the same time, she’s also looking for an ancient artefact said to possess great power. What is Juliet going to do with something like that?
4. New cast members
Say hello to an ensemble cast from Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines and Taiwan. They include Asia’s Next Top Model 2 finalist Tia Tavee, Charlie Ruedpokanon (who starred opposite Ryan Gosling in Only God Forgives), Thai-French actor David Asavanond, Metro Manila star Jake Macapagal and Taiwanese-American actress Teresa Daley.
Others are Peem Jaiyen, Emma Grant, Nicole Theriault and Jeeja Yanin.
5. Two familiar faces
Indonesian star Reza Rahadian (last seen in comedy My Stupid Boss) will be reprising his role as killer genderuwo (a hairy beastly demit) Tony.
In an interview with Star2 last year, Reza described his character this way: “He’s very flamboyant. But you know, he’s not really a bad guy. He’s just insane.” Another returning cast member is Ariffin Putra as the mysterious knife-wielding demit Barata who developed a relationship with Sara.
6. But what about Bront Palarae who had a role in Season One?
Bront Palarae’s manager confirmed that he won’t return as Detective Gusti in Halfworlds Season 2.