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The Raid star Iko Uwais just got his own Netflix martial arts show

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Starring in the lead role; also producer and fight choreographer

‘The Raid 2’ New York Screening Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images

Iko Uwais, star of the 2011 martial arts action-adventure The Raid, is coming to Netflix via Wu Assassins, a crime drama set in San Francisco.

Uwais will star as Kai Jin, by day an aspiring chef, and in his dual life he is a Wu Assassin tasked with confronting the powerful members of an ancient triad and bringing them to justice in order to “restore balance once more.”

Uwais, of Indonesia, is best known as a stuntman and a fight choreographer, with a credit history that includes Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Netflix has ordered 10 episodes of Wu Assassins; in addition to starring, Uwais is also a producer and a stunt and martial arts coordinator.

The Raid, and its 2014 sequel, The Raid 2, is probably Uwais’ best-known work. The first film took a number of honors and nominations from several international film festivals.

Stephen Fung will direct the first two episodes of Wu Assassins; the directors of the other eight shows will be named later. Netflix did not give a premiere date for the series.