BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — For actor Will Yun Lee, his role in the USA Network’s new series “Falling Water” is a dream come true.
The Asian-American actor says the drama about peoples’ interconnected dreams represents a big change from the typecasting he’s encountered in his 18-year career.
“I think I’ve done every single Chinatown episode of every single show,” Lee told a TV critics’ meeting Wednesday. This time, the “Hawaii Five-O” and “Strike Back” cast member said, his character won’t be stuck doing martial-arts fight scenes and he welcomes not having “to do a roundhouse kick for some strange cinematic reason.”
The series, described by executive producer Blake Masters as a “metaphysical thriller,” features a diverse cast but doesn’t make their ethnicity the focus, Lee said.
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It’s never the “focal point of any of our characters being a woman, being black, being Asian,” he said.
“Falling Water” also stars Lizzie Brochere (“American Horror Story,” ”The Strain”) and David Ajala (“The Dark Knight,” ”Fast & Furious 6″).
As the series unfolds, three unrelated people come to understand that they’re dreaming parts of a common dream that “might hold the key to humanity’s fate,” said Chris McCumber, the NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment executive who oversees channels including USA.
Masters said the show’s premise is that dreams are not a Greek chorus to the characters’ lives and instead are the other half. Gale Anne Hurd, his fellow executive producer, fielded a query about why the series is on USA rather than sister cable channel Syfy.
It’s “grounded in people. It’s not like we’re going to a different world or saying aliens exist or zombies exist,” Hurd said, adding that it fits with USA’s series “Colony” and “Mr. Robot.”
Ajala shared one of his own dreams, one in which he received a call that “Falling Water” would be picked up to air. Two days later, he learned it was true.
“That was one of the sweetest dreams,” he said.
“Falling Water” will premiere at 10 p.m. EDT on Oct. 13.