Sony has settled on an Alex Rider, selecting Otto Farrant (”Mrs Wilson”, “War & Peace”) to headline the small-screen reboot of the Anthony Horowitz-created character.
The studio flung a wide net to fill the lead spot of a reluctant teen superspy who goes on global missions saving the world. The series is based on a literary offering that comprises eleven novels, as well as five graphic novels, three short stories and a supplementary book. The first novel, “Stormbreaker”, was released in the United Kingdom in 2000 and was adapted into a movie in 2006 starring Alex Pettyfer.
The Sony Pictures Television-Eleventh Hour Films produced series will run an initial eight episodes.
“Das Boot” director Andreas Prochaska is helming.
Prochaska said, “We met a lot of people for the role of Alex Rider, but when Otto entered the room, there was something magical about him. He has the perfect combination of youth and skilfulness, innocence and professionalism, to bring this iconic character to the screen.”
No network is currently attached to the series.