There are a lot of books on business out there, but sometimes commerce is a big dick competition, according to the new trailer for HBO’s upcoming drama Succession.
Succession is about a high-profile media family’s transition of power. “The Roy family — Logan Roy and his four children — controls one of the biggest media and entertainment conglomerates in the world,” according to the official synopsis.
Series creator and showrunner Academy Award and WGA nominee Jesse Armstrong (In the Loop) says the series is not about Rupert Murdoch. The Roys are also inspired by William Randolph Hearst, Robert Maxwell, and Queen Elizabeth.
“All through history, moments of succession are points of conflict,” Armstrong said in a statement. “Whether it’s the Roman Empire, Babylonian Empire, succession is tough, and often in political and national history, when a king, queen or leader has to leave the stage, they can find they want to linger in the limelight longer than anyone thought.”
The pilot was written by Armstrong and directed by Oscar-winner Adam McKay (The Big Short). Jesse Armstrong, Adam McKay, Frank Rich (Veep), Kevin Messick, Will Ferrell, Jane Tranter (The Night Of) and Mark Mylod (Entourage) executive produce.
The ten-episode series tracks their lives as the Roy family contemplate what the future will hold for them once their aging father begins to step back from the company. Set in New York, Succession “explores themes of power, politics, money, and family.
“There’s no question that SUCCESSION, at its root, is a family story,” notes director and executive producer Adam McKay. “There’s also a tragic side to it, where you see how massive wealth and power distorts and twists and wounds this family.”
You can watch the trailer here:
According to the character breakdowns:
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. In the season premiere, the Roy siblings are reunited with their younger cousin, Greg (Nicholas Braun), who has moved from Canada to New York seeking a foothold in the management of the firm’s theme parks.
On the periphery of the Roy family are Tom (Matthew Macfadyen), Shiv’s ambitious boyfriend and a senior executive at the firm, and Rava Roy (Natalie Gold), Kendall’s wife, with whom he shares two children and an emotional bond, despite their marital separation. Frank (Peter Friedman) is the firm’s COO, an old family friend, and a mentor to Kendall. In an effort to solidify his takeover of Waystar, Kendall is on the brink of buying out a digital media outfit from Lawrence (Rob Yang), its CEO and founder.
Succession premieres this June on HBO.