Eleventh Hour Films and Sony Pictures Television have found their Alex Rider. Otto Farrant (Mrs Wilson, War and Peace) has been cast as the lead in the eight-episode young-adult drama series, which is based on Anthony Horowitz’s Alex Rider novels.
“I couldn’t be more excited to play such an iconic character as Alex Rider”, Farrant said in a statement. “I loved the books growing up and it is an honour to be able to step into his shoes and give the fans the fresh and thrilling adaptation the series deserves.”
Alex Rider is described as a coming-of-age series that follows Alex Rider as he is coerced to work as an undercover agent at the Point Blanc academy. All the students at Point Blanc are troubled teenagers whose parents run successful global businesses, and have found themselves as outsiders due to their upbringing. The Academy is supposedly there to correct their unruly behavior. Alex, undercover as a troubled teenager, has to call upon skills he didn’t even know he had, as he investigates the sinister truth behind Point Blanc – questioning everything he thought he knew about himself.
Rounding out the cast of the series is Vicky McClure (Line Of Duty), Stephen Dillane (The Tunnel), Brenock O’Connor (Game Of Thrones), Ronkẹ Adékoluẹjo (Doctor Who), Andrew Buchan (Broadchurch), Ace Bhatti (Line Of Duty), Nyasha Hatendi (Black Earth Rising), Marli Siu (The Sopranos), Earl Cave (Born To Kill), Katrin Vankova (Snatch). Nathan Clarke (Tyrant), Talitha Wing (The Feed), Haluk Bilginer (Halloween, New Blood) and Ana Ularu, (Siberia, The Witch Of The West).
The eight episode drama series, which is primarily based on the second Alex Rider novel Point Blanc, was penned by The Borgias scribe Guy Burt. Andreas Prochaska is directing. The executive producers are Eve Gutierrez and Jill Green for Eleventh Hour Films, and Wayne Garvie for Sony Pictures Television. Production on the series is now underway. There are no broadcasters attached to the series on either side of the pond. “This really seems to be Alex’s year with the 20th anniversary approaching, a new novel on the way and now this brilliant TV series, which I hope will appeal to everyone who grew up with the books”, said Anthony Horowitz.