Capheus Has Been Recast in Sense8! What Happened?
In 2015 the Wachowski siblings and J. Michael Straczynski gifted the world with a wonderful Netflix program called Sense8. And while fans are eagerly waiting for the release of season two, they will have to accept a major character being recast when the show returns.
According to Deadline, actor Aml Ameen, who played Capheus, has been replaced with recent UC San Diego MFA acting graduate Toby Onwumere. Reportedly a conflict broke out between Aml and Lana Wachowski, which heightened during the table read for season 2 in Berlin. The whole thing allegedly worsened when the crew went to India with Aml leaving the project having already shot two episodes.
We aren’t sure about the exact nature of the conflict (creative differences, perhaps), but Capheus being recast is disappointing. Aml looked natural as Capheus, a character who is one of the Sensates and trying to earn money to buy medication for his mother who has AIDS. It might not be easy for newcomer Onwumere to win fans over when he makes his debut in season two. However, another cast member, Jamie Clayton, took to Twitter to answer some fan questions and spread a little positivity regarding the change.
There were rumors about Aml leaving the project because of being transphobic but Jamie was quick to set the record straight. (Short answer: no. Just a rumor.) She also went on to say that while change might be tough for fans, she’s looking forward to Capheus’ character arc in season two.
While I am surprised about the sudden recast, I’m still looking forward to the premiere of season two of Sense8. According to Jamie’s tweets, episode one will be released around Christmas and the rest of the episodes will come out in 2017. It still feels like a long wait but considering the content Sense8 was able to deliver in season one it’ll be worth it.
What are your thoughts about Aml Ameen leaving Sense8 during shooting? Do you think the writers should’ve killed his character off instead of recasting it? Let us know!
Farid has a Masters in Psychology and an M.Phil in Molecular Genetics. He is the author of numerous books including Arousing the Legacy, Missing in Somerville, The Game Master of Somerville, and The Escaped Murderer of Somerville. He gives us insight on comics, books, TV shows, anime/manga, video games, and movies.
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