“I felt like the first season…we did short-change our audiences in that we talk about the world but we didn’t show it that much. The real reason behind that was because we were really limited by our location in New Orleans. It’s all swamp, swamp, and more swamp. So moving to Ireland really opened up the big views for us and allowed us to really do the world building that we talked about in season one. It’s just much more visually rich, and it’s like a movie more than it is a TV show.
“I give a lot of credit to Ireland for giving us the opportunity to make the show so much better. And obviously character development, storylines, and all that were also spiced up as well. We heard everything about what people said about season one and attacked those weaknesses.”
So while things are looking good for the “Into the Badlands” camp, mum’s still the word — both from Tan and the show — on whether or not he’s actually joined the team.
In an effort to leave no stone unturned, however, we decided to investigate the other possible roles fans hoped he had landed.
First up, the highly anticipated part from “Mulan” — while some fans are clamoring for him to play Captain Shang, Disney has expressly stated that Shang will not be the love interest; that part will instead be played by an original character named Chen Honghui. While even we are rooting for Tan to play Mulan’s love interest, we have to (sadly) admit that it doesn’t seem likely, as shooting has yet to begin on the project; additionally, Chen’s character is supposed to be a young, hotheaded upstart in his early 20s, while Tan is 30. We have no qualms with him taking the role, don’t get us wrong, it’s just that Disney seems to be stressing the importance of the youth of the character. Finally, the filming locations appear to be China and New Zealand, which are definitely not Dublin City, Ireland (we checked).