Cast confirmed for new Alex Rider TV series

Vicky McClure, Andrew Buchan and Stephan Dillane have all been cast in the upcoming TV adaptation of Anthony Horowitz’s best-selling teenage spy series Alex Rider.

Mrs Wilson star Otto Farrant has already been announced as the titular hero.

Broadchurch star Buchan will play Ian Rider, Alex’s detached uncle and reluctant guardian who, unbeknownst to his nephew, has been training him since childhood and preparing him for the dangerous world of espionage.

Dillane has been cast as Alan Blunt, the head of secret MI6 offshoot The Department who sends Alex on a covert mission, while Line of Duty’s McClure will portray his second-in-command Mrs Jones, who tries to keep Alex safe where possible.

The series is based on Point Blanc, the second book in Horowitz’s series. It is set in both London and The French Alps, where the Point Blanc school is remotely located.

When Alex leaves his ordinary teenage life to go on a dangerous mission to work as an undercover agent at the Point Blanc academy, he must call upon skills he didn’t even know he had as he investigates the sinister truth behind the school.

The series, which has begun filming, will air in eight parts. A broadcaster and airdate haven’t been announced yet.

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