EXCLUSIVE: Apple TV+ has finalized the ensemble cast Chief of War, the upcoming series starring, written and executive produced by Jason Momoa. Te Ao o Hinepehinga (Breakwater)newcomer Kaina Makua, Moses Goods (NCIS:Hawaii)Siua Ikale’o (NCIS:Hawaii)Brandon Finn (Three Women), James Udom (The Sandman) Mainei Minimaka (To see) and Te Kohe Tuhaka (The convert) are set as regulars in the Fifth Season and Chernin Entertainment drama. In addition to Momoa, they join previously announced series regulars Luciane Buchanan and Temuera Morrison.
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Created by Momoa and Thomas Pa’a Sibbett, the nine episodes Chief of War follows the epic and untold narration of the unification and colonization of Hawaii from an Indigenous point of view.
Hinepehinga portrays Kupuohi, the wife of Ka’iana (Momoa). Makua is Kamehameha, the prophesied king destined to unite the warring kingdoms of the Hawaiian Islands. Goods plays Moku, chief advisor to Kamehameha of Hawai’i and Ka’ahumanu’s (Buchanan) father. Ikale’o plays Nahi,’ Ka’iana’s (Momoa) youngest brother. Finn plays Prince Kūpule, the son of King Kahekili (Morrison). Udom is Tony, a runaway slave who befriends Ka’iana and finds a new home in Hawaii. Kinimaka plays Heke, Kupuohi’s younger sister. Tuhaka plays Namake, “one of Ka’iana’s younger brothers and an elite warrior.
Chief of War is produced by Fifth Season (formerly Endeavor Content) and Chernin Entertainment. The series is executive produced by Momoa, Francis Lawrence, Sibbett, Peter Chernin, Jenno Topping and Doug Jung, who also serves as showrunner. Justin Chon will direct and executive produce the first two episodes, along with executive producers Molly Allen, Brian Mendoza and Anders Engstrom.
Hinepehinga recently starred in the sci-fi series Breakwater for Snapchat, and also starred in the popular drama series Head highknown as New Zealand Friday night lights for Rugby. Hinepehinga is represented by Auckland Actors and Brave Artists Management.
Tuhaka was the series leader of The Dead Lands, for AMC’s Shudder. He is currently seen in the Paramount feature love and monsters, opposite Dylan O’Brien and Jessica Henwick, as well as the feature film Big white. Tuhaka is represented by Lion Rock Management and Brave Artists Management.
Udom, which will appear next in Apple TV+s echo 3, is represented by Gersh and Luber Roklin Entertainment.
Goods, the credits of which include NCIS: Hawaii and In humans, is represented by The Kathy Muller Agency in Honolulu.
Ikale’o recently guest starred in NCIS: Hawaii. He is represented by Jane Henriksen at Henriksen Talent Management and Hansen Jacobson Teller.
Finn recently guest-starred Magnum: PI and NCIS: Hawaii and the next one will be featured in the Showtime drama series Three Women. Finn is represented by Artists and Representatives and manager Brehan Fitzgerald.