HBOWatch has been tracking back since June 2016 that Adam McKay (of EASTBOUND AND DOWN, pictured) was working on SUCCESSION. We again announced in December that it received a pilot order. To help refresh your mind of the project here is a reprint of that last post:
It is the story of the Roy family. This family is a giant global media force to be reckoned with despite all their internal and personal problems it has. The work has now put to casting the pilot pitch and here are the details.
Brian Cox (DEADWOOD’s Jack Langrishe) will play Logan Roy, the tough, powerful, and aging patriarch of the Roy family and head of a family-controlled international media conglomerate. Jeremy Strong (Masters of Sex) plays Kendall Roy, eldest son from Logan’s second marriage, currently a Division President at the family firm and the heir apparent. Kieran Culkin (TV’s Fargo) takes the role of Roman Roy, Logan’s outspoken, fun-loving son and Kendall’s younger brother. Though still on the board of directors at the firm, he no longer works there.
Also cast are Sarah Snook (Steve Jobs), Nicholas Braun (How To Be Single) and Matthew Macfadyen (Ripper Street). Snook is Shiv (Siobhan) Roy, Logan’s only daughter and younger sister to Kendall and Roman. Like Roman, she sits on the board of directors but does not work at the firm and has been pursuing a career in politics. Braun will play Greg, Logan’s less than competent nephew and a management trainee at one of the firm’s theme parks. Macfadyen is Tom, Shiv’s ambitious partner/fiancé and a senior executive at the firm.
But that is not all. Hiam Abbass (Exodus: Gods and Kings), Alan Ruck (TV’s The Exorcist), Rob Yang (The Bourne Legacy), Parker Sawyers (young Barack Obama in Southside With You) and Peter Friedman (The Path) also are a part of the action. Abbas will play Marcia (Marcy), current wife of Logan, seen as a loving, formidable partner. Ruck is Connor Roy, the eldest son and only child from Logan’s first marriage. Although also on the board of directors at the firm, Connor paves his own way. Yang is Lawrence, founder and CEO of a digital media outfit who is the target of a buyout. Sawyers will play Alessandro, a young, bright, up-and-coming executive at the family firm. Friedman is Francis (Frank), COO of the firm, old family friend and a mentor figure to Kendall Roy.
Of course, we will have to see if this McKay project, penned by Jesse Armstrong (The Thick of It), gets picked up based on this pilot. We await the verdict.
The show has now got the greenlight to for a 10-episode first season. Armstrong, who serves as showrunner, is executive producing the series with McKay and Will Ferrell as well as Frank Rich, who is under a creative consultant deal with HBO, and Ilene S. Landress. More on the series as it moves forward.