The circumstances behind Ameen’s exit are murky but sources indicate that there had been some sort of conflict between Ameen and Sense8 co-creator/executive producer/director Lana Wachowski that flared up at the Season 2 table read in Berlin and worsened as filming progressed in India, leading to Ameen’s exit a couple of episodes in and the recasting of the role. Creative differences may have played a role in the departure.
Capheus “Van Damme,” which now will be played by Onwumere, is one of the main characters on Sense8, a young Kenyan man living in Nairobi who is striving to earn money for his AIDS-stricken mother’s medication. He is one of eight strangers around the word suddenly linked mentally and emotionally who are at the center of the sci-fi series created, written and executive-produced by Lilly and Lana Wachowski and J. Michael Straczynski. According to updates by cast members on social media, filming on Season 2 recently moved to Italy from India.