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Two Famous Actors Have Been Cast In 'Succession' Season 3 And We Can't Wait

ELLE (UK) logo ELLE (UK) 07/05/2021 Ata Owaji Victor
Nicholas Braun, Jeremy Strong standing next to a person in a suit and tie: Succession season 3 is on its way. Here's what we know about the Succession cast, release date and plot for the third season of the show. © Sky/Peter Kramer - HBO Succession season 3 is on its way. Here's what we know about the Succession cast, release date and plot for the third season of the show.

Things are looking good for the return of the Roys in 2021.

Much like Succession's habit of upending its plot with every season finale, following the 2020 coronavirus outbreak, production on the TV show suffered from disruptions to its filming schedule.

However the show is now scheduled to return for season three which will once again be lead by by British author, screenwriter and Peep Show creator Jesse Armstrong.

The show, which toes the line between dark drama and hilariously black satire follows the misadventures of the Roy family after the family patriarch and billionaire media mogul, Logan Roy (Brian Cox) experiences a decline in health.

Throughout the two series so far, his four children – Connor (Alan Ruck), Kendall (Jeremy Strong), Roman (Kieran Culkin), and Siobhan (Sarah Snook) – all with varying degrees of connection to the company, spend their days engaging in various backstabbing measures in a bid to become the head of the family's global media empire - and that's just the headline plot.

For any fans still reeling from the fallout from the show's explosive end to season two, fear not as the third season is confirmed, with new actors too... here's all you need to know about it's upcoming release.

Jeremy Strong, Alan Ruck, Sarah Snook posing for the camera: Succession season 3 © Sky - HBO Succession season 3

Succession season 3 release date: When will it air?

Season one aired in June 2018, with season two following in August 2019, airing on Sky Atlantic and NOW in the UK.

However as season three was hit by production delays due to the pandemic, which has wreaked havoc across both the TV and movie sector, the first teaser of the shows return came via a HBO Max trailer, which includes Succession among the shows set to air before 2022.

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Successions season three was then confirmed by HBO's chief content officer, Casey Bloys, who told Deadline that so long as we get something like a 'normal world', Succession season 3 will return in Q4 of 2021.

Thanks to an Instagram post by writer and director of Hustlers and The Meddler (April 25), Lorene Scafaria in which she appears to be directing an episode of Succession season three, it now looks like filming is fully underway -which means we're one step closer to those brand new gasp worthy episodes.

How will the pandemic affect filming of Succession season 3?

According to HBO's chief content officer, Casey Bloys, although filming has begun on the show 'It's also worth considering how much of the show might need to be shot abroad and the restrictions that would then come into place with quarantining as vaccines are rolled out.'

Bloys, explained to Deadline, that 'Season two took us to Dundee, Scotland and Korčula, Croatia for dramatic backdrops to the mounting drama', but with Succession season 3 production might stay closer to home.

a person sitting next to a window: Succession season 3 plot © Sky - HBO Succession season 3 plot

In his comments to the outlet, Bloys revealed that the original plan was to shoot the show in Los Angeles. 'At one point, we thought we should shoot Succession in Los Angeles because Los Angeles looked like, at the time, a safer place to shoot than New York, then Los Angles looked really bad and New York looked better in comparison,' he said.

What will the Succession's season 3 plot be?

Season three of Successions plot is set to follow on from the plot twist at the end of season two.

Note: Spoilers below for season two

Strong told The Times in October last year, that 'Last season everything was in such a minor key, and held inside in a silent anguish that had to be sustained for six months. There was a sense of powerlessness that [my] character had,

'The Houdini magic trick at the very end allowed me to make that reversal, and suddenly I found my power. The pilot light that had been nearly extinguished came roaring back.'

He added: 'I feel like the energy of it will be more expansive and empowered.'

Jeremy Strong wearing a suit and tie smiling and looking at the camera: succession season 3 © Dimitrios Kambouris - Getty Images succession season 3

Succession is notoriously known for it innovative plot journeys that even the most attentive fans struggle to pin down, so it's hard to predict what form season three will take. However, it goes without saying that Kendall's actions in the season two finale - exposing Logan and the company for what they are during a televised press conference -will play a central role in season three.

Fans will recall, Kendall was supposed to take the fall for the toxic culture bubbling away at Roy HQ, but he threw his dad under the bus instead. Did he have a helping hand from cousin Greg, who kept hold of those damning papers he and Tom had set out to destroy? Who knows?

Jeremy Strong et al. sitting at a table with wine glasses: Succession season 3 plot © Sky - HBO Succession season 3 plot

Creator Armstrong, spoke about this cliff hanger in an interview for Vulture (October 2019) 'I'm happy to leave it for people to decide,' Armstrong told the outlet 'Me and Nic [Braun] and Jeremy [Strong] discuss this kind of stuff and they're happy with the advantage we have. I think it's fun for people to make their own decisions about precisely where those agreements and decisions are made. There's enough in the episode that would lead you to make some assumptions.'

Succession season 3 cast

a person standing in front of Jeremy Strong, Jesse Armstrong, Nicholas Braun, Sarah Snook, Brian Cox, Alan Ruck posing for the camera: succession season 3 © Kevin Winter - Getty Images succession season 3

So as expected the shows leads - Brian Cox (Logan), Jeremy Strong (Kendall), Sarah Snook (Shiv), Kieran Culkin (Roman), Alan Ruck (Connor), Matthew Macfadyen (Tom) and Nicholas Braun (Cousin Greg) are expected to return for the next season of the show.

Plus, three new faces are set to join the Succession fold:

  • Sanaa Lathan will play Lisa Arthur, a high-profile lawyer from New York from big connections.
  • Linda Emond will play Michelle-Anne Vanderhoven, a senior White House aide.
  • Jihae will play Berry Schneider, a top public relations consultant.

On May 4, it was announced that Season 3's cast list will now also included HBO favourite Alexander Skarsgård.

Skarsgård will play Lukas Matsson in the third season of the critically-acclaimed series, who is described as a successful, confrontational tech founder and CEO.

Days later and another big-name actor was announced in the form of Oscar winner Adrian Brody. According to Deadline, the actor - who demonstrating his passion for British-led drama scripts, also had a guest role in Peaky Blinders - will portray Josh Aaronson, 'a billionaire activist investor who becomes pivotal in the battle for the ownership of Waystar'.

Will there be a season 4 of Succession?

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Saturday Night Live's Bill Hader, who created the show with Alec Berg, revealed early on this year during an interview for Late Night with Seth Meyers, that a fourth season of the show is already written. He told the NBC talk show host that he and his writers wrote the fourth iteration during lockdown even though it hadn’t been officially greenlit.

The likelihood of season 4 reaching our screens was also confirmed by HBO's chief content officer, Casey Bloys, who told Deadline, 'Typically, we don’t pick up things until they air but if I was betting on whether we would do more, I think that is a very safe bet.' - so it appears we won't have to wonder too long about the Roy's and Waystair's fate post season 3.

Succession season three will most likely arrive too late to in order to be nominated for the 2021 Emmy Awards, which is being hosted in September but is voted on through late June. The show won Outstanding Drama series at the 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards in 2020, which marked the third year in a row that a HBO series scooped the prize (following two wins for Game of Thrones).

Is there a trailer for Succession season 3?

There is no new trailer out as of yet but you can still watch Succession seasons 1 and 2 are available on Sky and NOW.

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