irector Nicolas Winding Refn has unveiled the cast for his upcoming Amazon series Too Old to Die Young. The crime-drama is co-written by Captain America: The Winter Soldier scribe Ed Brubaker and will be entirely directed by Refn. Amazon has ordered 10 episodes.
Set in L.A.’s criminal underworld, Too Old to Die Young will follow “characters’ existential journeys from being killers to becoming samurais,” according to the official synopsis. Previously, Miles Teller was announced as the series lead, playing a grieving cop named Martin who gets sucked into a John Wickian criminal grab-bag world of hardened hit-men, Yakuza, cartel killers from across the border, Russian gangsters and gangs of murderous teen crazies (there will be a little something for everyone, in other words).
Director Nicolas Winding Refn has now unveiled the full cast for Too Old to Die Young. For some reason, Refn elected to do this by posting a tweet of himself in dark glasses presenting headshots of the actors.
We now know that Miles Teller will be joined in Too Old to Die Young by Nell Tiger Free (Myrcella on Game of Thrones), John Hawkes (Winter’s Bone), Cristina Rodlo (El Vato), Augusto Aguilera (The Predator), Babs Olusanmokun (The Defenders), Jena Malone (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire), Callie Hernandez (Alien: Covenant) and – getting the place of honor in Refn’s lap – Billy Baldwin (Backdraft).
Refn throughout his career has been fascinated with stories about criminals, going all the way back to his earliest days with his Pusher trilogy. Refn reached another level with Drive, his acclaimed ’80s aesthetic-obsessed thriller starring Ryan Gosling as a steely getaway driver discovering his humanity after linking up with a single mom played by Carey Mulligan. Things then took a turn toward the exotic and heavy-handedly symbolist (and awful, in some people’s minds) with Only God Forgives, starring Gosling as a drug-smuggler living in Bangkok who is compelled by his mother to go out and viciously murder the people who killed his brother.
Visually, Refn’s crime films are always rich and bizarre, and he loves achieving a certain deliberate pace punctuated by sudden bursts of horrific violence. We don’t know how Refn’s approach might change switching from the film medium to series television, but it’s fair to assume whatever he delivers with Too Old to Die Young will be incredibly weird and occasionally sickeningly blood-drenched and shocking. The cast he’s assembled is undoubtedly cool and talented – plus there’s a Baldwin – and for that reason alone, the series should be worth checking out.