Rupert Graves (Sherlock) has joined the cast of Sky Atlantic’s drama series Riviera for its upcoming third season. Also joining the cast this season is Clare-Hope Ashitey, Synnove Macody Lund, Franco Masini, Elisio Barrionuevo and Maurizio Lombardi.
Rivera tells the story of Georgina, who is newly married to billionaire Constantine Clios when he is killed in a yacht explosion. She is shocked to discover the fortune that maintained his immaculate, ever-so-tasteful lifestyle is tainted with dishonesty, double-dealing, crime, and ultimately murder. Helped by Constantine’s first wife, Georgina will undergo an education in lying, double-dealing, outright theft and shocking criminality. She has to learn fast to maintain the Clios mansion and save the family from its enemies and from itself.
The drama series is produced by Archery Pictures and Primo Productions and stars Julia Stiles, Poppy Delevingne and Jack Fox. Season three picks up a year after the season two finale and Georgina has abandoned the cursed Riviera, leaving all its devastation and damage behind to start a new life. Now a rising star in international art restitution, she has reinvented herself as Georgina Ryland as she travels the world – from Venice to Argentina – on the hunt for stolen art works. After the moral obscurity of the Riviera, Georgina revels in the relative black and white clarity that her new role gives her, as well as her new alliance with the carefree, charismatic and worldly Gabriel Hirsch (Rupert Graves). Production on season three is now underway.
“Riviera has really captured the imagination of our subscribers and we’re thrilled to be returning to the audacious and unpredictable world occupied by Julia Stiles as Georgina, alongside her new co-star Rupert Graves”, said Sky’s Director of Drama & Sky Studios Cameron Roach. “Riviera owns a unique space in the television landscape and we’re very proud of it as a show that offers the promise of danger and suspense whilst really entertaining and thrilling the viewer.”
While Archery Pictures’ Kris Thykier, who serves as an executive producer alongside Paul McGuinness and Kara Manley, added: “We are committed to producing the most glamorous, most thrilling show on television and our third season looks set to be the most explosive to date. Shooting in exclusive locations in Venice, St Tropez and Buenos Aires, this series will dive into an entirely new world of corruption, deceit and murder amongst the globe-trotting 1%”