Adam McKay continues to steer his career towards serious examinations into corrupt American institutions. With Succession, his new HBO miniseries, McKay tackles the inner workings of a corporation, run by a contemptuous Brian Cox.
The cast is an eclectic, curious mixture of talent, from San Ruck to a welcome reappearance of Kieran Culkin. Check out the trailer here:
Set in New York, ‘Succession’ explores themes of power, politics, and family. Logan Roy (Brian Cox), the tough, powerful, aging patriarch, is head of Waystar Royco, a family controlled international media conglomerate. He is married to his third wife, Marcia (Hiam Abbass), a loving, formidable partner. Kendall Roy (Jeremy Strong), Logan’s eldest son from his second marriage, is currently a division president at the firm and the heir apparent. Roman Roy (Kieran Culkin), Kendall’s younger brother, is Logan’s outspoken, fun-loving son and no longer works at Waystar. Siobhan “Shiv” Roy (Sarah Snook), Logan’s only daughter and youngest child, has been pursuing a career in politics. Connor Roy (Alan Ruck), Logan’s eldest son, and only child from his first marriage, has pursued an independent life in New Mexico.
It should be interesting to see this unconventional cast bounce off one another, and it will see how Adam McKay shifts his serious new direction from real estate to big business. McKay has directed the debut episode in this 10-part series, and writer Jesse Armstrong will serve as the show runner. Chalk this up as one of the many intriguing and interesting projects HBO has coming in 2018.
Succession will debut on HBO in June.