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Sense8 Aml Ameen Recast
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The first twist of Sense8‘s second season is happening off screen.

When the Netflix thriller returns for its second season, Jean-Claude Van Damme enthusiast Capheus — portrayed in Season 1 by British actor Aml Ameen — will now be played by newcomer Toby Onwumere, our sister site Deadline reports.

Per the report, Ameen’s exit is the result of issues between the actor and Sense8 co-creator Lana Wachowski during the initial table read in Berlin and the actual filming in India. Several episodes have already been filmed; it’s not yet known whether any of Capheus’ Season 2 scenes will be re-shot.

Ameen’s (former) co-star Jamie Clayton did a Twitter Q&A on Wednesday night, offering her unfiltered thoughts on his departure:

Capheus, one of eight strangers inexplicably connected after witnessing a shared vision, was introduced in Season 1 as a Nairobi-based man desperate to fund his mother’s AIDS medication.

Your thoughts on Sense8‘s unexpected shake-up? Drop ’em in a comment below.

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