“It’s All About Domination” – The Hollywood Reporter
Maybe a few weeks before the second season of Gangs in London – extremely violent crime series created by Raid filmmaker Gareth Evans – is coming to AMC+ in the US, but UK audiences can now watch the latest body-accumulating, bloody thrill ride through the British capital.
Premiering on Comcast’s Sky on Thursday (the first season broke Sky Atlantic’s record in 2020), Gangs in London Season 2 follows a similar theme about rival king pairs and crime families colluding and clashing with each other for control of London’s underworld, often through the most violent means possible.
“For season 1, we all got together and tried to bring together everything that we love and believe in to enhance the genre fusion in a family story like this, and we I hope it goes down well, so it’s great that we’ve had it. It’s been a great response,” said Corin Hardy, speaking at a special event held in London on Wednesday. Hardy, who directed four episodes of season 1 after his horror smash The Nuntook over from Evans as lead director for season 2.
“So it’s really about getting the support to continue that and not screw it up, and carry on that DNA and maintain what people love, but also add twists and action. ,” he added.
Jane Featherstone, co-founder of the Sister production group, says that Gangs in London brought an unusual taste of epic US television to the UK “We do great TV series here, but we don’t do epic movies too much, and in the US, they always had this incredible landscape, and I think the team made London this epic landscape,” she said.
Returning with another series of bruised punches is squishy main star Dìrísu, who was a veteran turned undercover cop Elliot Finch in the first season who now finds life even tougher as he forces must become the assassin for a group of shady billionaires known as investors.
“It was like his autonomy was taken from him,” said Dìrísu. “So while in the first season he had the strength to walk into the bar and beat everyone, now he has no control over his own movements or decisions, so he’s repressed and lost.”
Along with Dìrísu, those returning for season 2 include Paapa Essiedu, Lucian Msamati, Michelle Fairley, Orli Shuka, Pippa Bennett-Warner, Brian Vernel, Narges Rashidi, Asif Raza and Valene Kane. But a big new player has joined the fight in Koba, played by the famous Palestinian actor Waleed Zuaiter (Baghdad Center, Omar). A sadistic gang leader – with bleached hair and a penchant for maroon tracksuits – Koba wants to preside over crime in London as a dictatorship and is only too delighted when use the rival’s family – formerly sacred ground – against them.
“For Koba, it’s all about dominance,” says Zuaiter. “One of the coolest things about character descriptions I got from [writer] Tom Butterworth posits that, at its core, Koba knows whether you’re a predator or a prey. And so he is always one step ahead. And I think that’s what’s unique about him is that he has very primitive animal instincts, which is that he can smell his prey and he likes to play with his food before eating. it. “