MANILA — Sam Concepcion is set to topbill the new season of HBO Asia's "Halfworlds," a fantasy series where bloodthirsty creatures from Asian mythologies live out in the open amongst humans.
The announcement was made this Friday, along with the reveal that the singer-actor will be co-starring the show with Bianca Umali. It will be directed by Mikhail Red ("Birdshot," "Eerie," "Block Z").
The upcoming season — the third one of the show — will be filmed in the Philippines and is scheduled to air sometime in 2020.
It will follow a half-human, half-Engkanto who is on a mission to find the original source of a mysterious plant that is said to have the power to heal all Engkantos of their hunger for human flesh.
It is set in the middle of an ongoing war between Engkanto tribes, all of which are also seeking the plant.
According to Jessica Kam, head of originals for HBO Asia, they are excited to expand the fictional world of "Halfworlds" into the streets of Manila. The previous two seasons were set in Indonesia.
It was added that original cast members will also return for the new season.
Filming is of "Halfworlds" season three will begin in January.
"Halfworlds" first premiered in 2015, and has become HBO Asia's longest-running series. Its first season was nominated in multiple categories at the 2016 Asian Awards, including Best Drama.