Thirteen years after the previous outing – 2006’s Stormbreaker – there will be another screen adaptation of Anthony Horowitz’s successful Alex Rider books, in the form of a television series.
While the film used the story of the first book, the show will instead portray its successor – Point Blanc, set in a mysterious boarding school with questionable intentions.
None of the actors from Stormbreaker will reprise their roles in the new show, so prepare to meet new faces for these beloved characters. Let’s go through some of them.
alex rider – otto farrant
The role of teen spy Alex Rider went to Otto Farrant, who was twenty at the time of his casting. He succeeds Alex Pettyfer in the role.
His previous credits include ‘War and Peace’, ‘Marcella’ and ‘Masterpiece’.
tom harris – brenock o’connor
Best known as Game of Thrones’ Olly, Brenock O’Connor, 19, co-stars as Tom Harris, Alex’s best friend. Tom is a minor supporting character in the novels, but appears to have a larger role in the show.
In addition to Game of Thrones, O’Connor has also appeared in ‘Dickensian’, ‘Casualty’ and ‘Living the Dream’.
alan blunt – stephen dillane
Another former resident of Westeros – Stephen Dillane, who played Stannis Baratheon, takes on the role of spy chief Alan Blunt. This role was portrayed by Bill Nighy in Stormbreaker.
Dillane has been acting professionally for over thirty years, with roles in ‘Zero Dark Thirty’, ‘The Crown’ and ‘Darkest Hour’.
mrs jones – vicky mcclure
Known for playing Kate Fleming in Line of Duty, Vicky McClure stars as Mrs Jones, Blunt’s right-hand woman. Sophie Okenedo played the character in Stormbreaker.
Her additional credits include ‘This is England’ and ‘Broadchurch’.
ian rider – andrew buchan
Andrew Buchan — known as Mark Latimer in ‘Broadchurch’, plays Ian Rider, Alex’s uncle whose death sets the plot in motion. He takes over from Ewan McGregor who played the role in Stormbreaker.
Buchan has also appeared in ‘Party Animals, ‘Genius’ and ‘The ABC Murders’.
jack starbright – ronke ADéKOLUEJO
Alex’s American housekeeper Jack is played by Ronke Adekoluejo, succeeding Alicia Silverstone. She has previously starred in ‘Doctor Who’, ‘Sick Note’ and ‘Christopher Robin’.
In addition, the cast also includes Thomas Levin (Yassen Gregorovich), Haluk Bilginer (Dr Greif), Nyasha Hatendi (Smithers), Ana Ularu (Eva Stellenbosch) and Ace Bhatti (John Crawley).
Per IMDB, Harry Potter actor Josh Herdman (Goyle; all eight films) will play a character named Stan.