More than a year since appearing in the acclaimed drama series Big Little Lies, Alexander Skarsgård is officially heading back to HBO for the highly-anticipated third season of Succession. Skarsgård has signed on for the recurring role of Lukas Matsson, described as a successful, confrontational tech founder and CEO. Production on the upcoming new season is currently underway in New York City.
This marks the Swedish actor’s latest collaboration with HBO after starring in 2008’s limited series Generation Kill and the supernatural drama series True Blood which ran on-air for seven seasons from 2008-2014. He recently starred as Randall Flagg in Josh Boone’s series adaptation of Stephen King’s The Stand and was also most recently seen in Godzilla vs. Kong.
Succession follows the story of the Roy family – Logan Roy (Cox) and his four children – who control one of the biggest media and entertainment conglomerates in the world. The series tracks their lives as they contemplate what the future will hold for them once their aging father begins to step back from the company.
In Season 3, ambushed by his rebellious son Kendall at the end of Season 2, Brian Cox’s patriarch Logan Roy begins the third season scrambling to secure familial, political, and financial alliances, as a bitter corporate battle threatens to turn into a family civil war. The new season will also feature guest stars Sanaa Lathan as Lisa Arthur, Linda Emond as Michelle-Anne Vanderhoven, and Jihae Kim as Berry Schneider.
The series is being led by Brian Cox, Jeremy Strong, Alan Ruck, Kieran Culkin, Sarah Snook, Nicholas Braun, Hiam Abbass, Peter Friedman, Matthew Macfadyen, Rob Yang, Dagmara Dominczyk, Arian Moayed, J. Smith-Cameron, Justine Lupe, David Rasche, and Fisher Stevens.
Succession is created by Academy Award nominee Jesse Armstrong, who also serves as its showrunner. It is executive produced by Armstrong, McKay, Frank Rich, Kevin Messick, Will Ferrell, Jane Tranter, Mark Mylod, and Tony Roche.
The series launched its ten-episode first season in 2018 with the pilot directed by Oscar winner Adam McKay from a script written by Armstrong. It won two major Golden Globe Awards including Best Television Series – Drama and Best Actor – Television Series Drama for Brian Cox. Meanwhile, its second season also gained acclaimed as it took home seven Emmy awards including Outstanding Drama Series and Outstanding Lead Actor for Jeremy Strong.