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Toby Stephens and Rakie Ayola join cast of Alex Rider Season 2

Toby Stephens (Lost in Space) and Rakie Ayola (Hermione Granger in Harry Potter And The Cursed Child), alongside newcomer Charithra Chandran, have signed onto the season two of Amazon prime’s hit spy adventure series Alex Rider.

Stephens will play tech billionaire Damian Cray who is poised to launch a new version of his best-selling computer game, Feathered Serpent. Ayola appears as Jo Byrne, formaidable new Deputy Director of the CIA who is brought to the UK ahead of a visit by the US President. Newcomer Chandran plays teen Sabina Pleasance whose journalist father is writing a book on Cray and becomes embroiled with Rider while on holiday in Cornwall.

“My son loves the Alex Rider books so it’s lovely to be a part of something that he recognises and enjoys,” Toby Stephens. “It’s been a while since I played a good nemesis, so I’m really looking forward to being the bad guy and going toe to toe with Alex Rider.’

Toby Stephens: “It’s been a while since I played a good nemesis, so I’m really looking forward to being the bad guy…”

Otto Farrant stars as Alex Rider

Screening in over 100 countries, including on IMDb TV, Amazon’s free streaming service in the US, season two will be based on Eagle Strike, the fourth novel in the best-selling Alex Rider franchise.

The series stars Otto Farrant as the titular teenager who has unknowingly been trained since childhood for the dangerous world of espionage. Otto will be rejoined by season one co-stars Vicky McClure, Stephen Dillane, Brenock O’Connor and Ronke Adekoluejo.  

As with Alex Rider season one, Anthony Horowitz, the author of the book franchise, will serve as an Executive Producer alongside series writer Guy Burt. 

The show is currently in production.

Amazon Prime Video is fast tracking original IP content, to better compete with Netflix and Disney+.

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Sky Studios begin production on mystery thriller The Rising, adapts Belgian horror hit

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1971 docuseries: Director of Senna and Amy has a treat lined up for music and culture vultures

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