Deadline reports that Odessa Young (The Stand, High Life, Assassination Nation) and French actress Ella Rumpf (Raw) has joined the growing cast of the HBO Max crime series Tokyo Vice. 

The pair of ladies will be joining Ken Watanabe (Godzilla, Inception) and Ansel Elgort (Baby Driver, West Side Story) as series regulars. 

Tokyo Vice is an adaptation of the book written by Jake Adelstein. 

Hiroto Katagiri (Watanabe), a detective in the organized crime division of the Tokyo Police Department who is also a father-figure to Jake (Elgort) throughout the series as he helps guide him along the thin and often precarious line between the cops and the world of organized crime.

Here are the character breakdowns for the two new roles. 

Young will step into the role of Samantha, an American expat living in late 90s Tokyo. She makes her living as an upscale club hostess in the alluring and wild district of Kabukicho, deftly navigating both salarymen, high-end customers, and the Japanese Yakuza on a nightly basis. Sexy, wry, fluent in Japanese — she keeps Jake and everyone else continually in play.

Rumpf will play Eastern European Polina, a new hostess at the club with Samantha. She came to Tokyo to work as a model and slowly got pulled into the underbelly of Kabukicho. She’s bright, funny, and gorgeous—but struggles as a hostess.

Michael Mann (Heat) will be directing the pilot with previous reports pointing to production starting this month in Japan. 

Shang-Chi & The Legend of The Ten Rings director Destin Daniel Cretton is producing and was going to direct the series before his commitments to the Marvel Studios film seemingly sidelined that. Although, with Shang-Chi shooting in Australia he’s not too far from the Japanese shoot.

HN Entertainment recently confirmed the series will have Too Old To Die cinematographer Diego Garcia will be working on the show. 

HBO Max will launch this May. 


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