I was just reading an article about the second series of Strike Back, which will air on HBO with a new lead.
Sullivan Stapleton lands lead role in HBO drama Strike Back
ANIMAL Kingdom star Sullivan Stapleton has cracked the US, landing the lead role in HBO’s mega-series, Strike Back.
The Underbelly: Infiltration actor landed the plum job in the SAS-themed action drama last year and has committed to at least two series.
Stapleton will fly to South Africa within weeks to start filming, before completing the shoot in Hungary and the UK.
Strike Back, co-produced with Sky in Britain, is based on the action novel by former soldier Chris Ryan.
The first series, which starred Brit Richard Armitage, was received well by critics and fans, but Armitage had to drop out to accept the role of Thorin in The Hobbit.
Stapleton said the role was a “dream come true” after years “plugging away” in homegrown dramas.
“Apparently they wanted an American, and they’ve ended up with me,” he said with a laugh.
“To land a series in the States, well, I just couldn’t ask for anything more, and to run around with guns and play soldiers, surely it’s every boy’s dream.”
Stapleton said he hoped the role would springboard him into other Hollywood roles.
Read the rest here.
Didn’t several of us want an HBO series for Richard Armitage? Not that Strike Back was the best vehicle, but I feel RA missed out on something. Then again, he will be in one of the biggest budget movies ever made, so I shouldn’t get too upset. It still smarts a bit. I mean who is this Sullivan Stapleton? The upstart! I’ve definitely gone into Armitage Protection Mode (APM). Imagine me as one of those emoticons with the quivering lip. LOL!
I have a bad feeling about John Porter.
So I have a serious request of the producers/writers of this show:
To Whom It May Concern:
Could you please not kill John Porter? My constitution cannot handle three character deaths in two years.
One of Richard’s delicate fans
edit: and it gets tougher to keep the faith.
Note: created new tag, Armitage Protection Mode (APM)
Strike Back screencap courtesy of the wonderful RichardArmitageNet.Com