While fans are eagerly betting on which “succession” character will eventually take over as CEO of Waystar Royco, more than a few of the cast of the hit Emmy-winning HBO series have more than one project lined up after the beloved series ends this year.
“Succession” creator Jesse Armstrong announced in February 2023 that the upcoming fourth season would be the final installment. Armstrong noted that the end of the series had been on his mind since Season 2, but it became apparent during Season 4’s production.
“The decision about the ending was solidified during the writing and even when we started shooting: I said to the cast, ‘I’m not 100 percent sure, but I think this is it.’ Armstrong said. “Because I didn’t want to hurt them either.”
Composer Nicholas Britell exclusively revealed to IndieWire during the Season 4 premiere that the cast and crew didn’t find out until after the season ended that it would be the series finale. “I think he basically put himself into filming the season to say, ‘Is this the wrap?’ So that’s what I trust Jesse with,” Britell said. “But I recently found out that officially. For now, I still don’t know the end of the series. I’m halfway through the scoring and I’m purposefully keeping myself in the mystery because I like to be surprised and get that kind of reaction from the audience myself.”
Actor Jeremy Strong shared that the ending “will feel like a death,” while co-star Nicholas Braun said the cast was “really bummed” by the news of the “succession” officially ending. “I was sad as hell (on the last day),” Braun said.
Co-star Cox added that the best approach is to look “upward and forward” to the next projects, as Matthew McFadyen said. The New York Times that there was “sorrow” at the end of the series. “It’s horrible and heartbreaking, but there’s a little bit of relief at the same time — a complicated mix of feelings,” McFadyen said.
So, what do the cast of ‘Succession’ do next?
Keep scrolling to see all of the ensemble cast’s upcoming projects, and click here for Season 4 details.
Internet friend Nicholas Braun, aka Cousin Greg, stars in the 2023 Sundance hit “Cat Person,” based on the viral short story of the same name. Directed by Susanna Fogel, “Cat Person” stars Braun as the older suitor of a college student (Emilia Jones).
“It’s fascinating,” Braun told IndieWire about the New Yorker story. “This is one of the best scripts I’ve ever read. I was just blown away (by the story) and fortunately (director Fogel) hired me.”
Braun added of his post-‘Succession’ career: “We’ve been doing it for over six years, so it’s been a long time. But this is the best job I’ve had in my career – until Cat Person. The show changed my life, I love it… Something like (“Cat Person”), it’s an amazing thing to do. So I hope other good opportunities come along.”
In classic Logan Roy fashion, Brian Cox plans everything for his next roles. Cox has confirmed that he will star in several upcoming projects, including “Mending the Line,” about a Marine veteran dealing with PTSD.
Cox also appears in Tom Kirby’s The Glove, Matt Greene-Delanghe’s Skelly and Christian De Vita’s short Wittgenstein’s Poker. The actor will also star alongside Parker Posey and Lisa Kudrow in ‘The Parenting’ and lend his voice to the period piece ‘Unsinkable’ and the franchise installment ‘The Lord of the Rings: The War of the Rohirrim’.
Cox’s most anticipated role in Joe and Anthony Russo’s ‘The Electric State’. The film follows an orphaned teenager who travels through the American West with a robot in search of his brother. Oscar winner Ke Huy Quan, Millie Bobby Brown, Jenny Slate, Chris Pratt, Anthony Mackie, Stanley Tucci, Billy Bob Thornton and Jason Alexander also star.
Roman Roy goes international. Actor Kieran Culkin will helm Jesse Eisenberg’s sophomore directorial effort, “A Real Pain.” Eisenberg writes and stars in the dramedy about two cousins who, after the death of their grandmother, travel to Poland to see where they came from and end up joining a Holocaust tour.
Tom Wambsgans trades the Big Apple for the Midwest. Actor Matthew Macfayden will star in “Holland, Michigan” from director Mimi Cave (“Fresh”). The film is a thriller centered around a woman (Nicole Kidman) who suspects that her husband is cheating on her. The film follows the character as she enters into an affair of her own before learning about her husband’s real, dark, secret life. Rachel Sennott and Gael García Bernal also star in the erotic thriller.
Macfayden also starred in Deadpool 3 alongside Ryan Reynolds and Hugh Jackman.
After portraying Connor Roy, Alan Ruck doesn’t last a day. The “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” icon will star in “Wind River: The Next Chapter,” written by Patrick Massett and John Zinman (“Lara Croft: Tomb Raider”) and Kari Skogland (“The Falcon and The Winter Soldier” “). Ruck joins Gil Birmingham, Martin Sensmeier, Kali Reis, Tatanka Means, Jason Clarke, Chaske Spencer and Scott Eastwood in the sequel to Taylor Sheridan’s 2017 crime drama.
Ruck is also helming the legal drama “The Burial” opposite Tommy Lee Jones, Jamie Foxx and Jurnee Smollett, and Sean Whalen’s “Crust” with Daniel Roebuck.
While audiences hold their breath to see if J. Smith-Cameron’s Gerri will consummate her toxic relationship with Roman (Culkin), Smith-Cameron is already preparing for her next role. She will star in Hannah Marks’ adaptation of Turtles All the Way Down, John Green’s novel about a teenager (Isabela Merced) who tries to solve a mystery involving a runaway billionaire.
Smith-Cameron will also appear in Waco: The Aftermath alongside Gary Cole, Shea Whigham, Michael Shannon and Giovanni Ribisi.
Sarah Snook takes on another realm after leaving her role as Shiv Roy: the Beanie Babies craze of the ’90s. In “The Beanie Bubble,” Snook stars alongside Elizabeth Banks, Zach Galifianakis, Geraldine Viswanathan and Carl Clemons-Hopkins about the brand taking over the plush collection.
Sarah Snook is also going back to her roots for the Australian horror film “Run Rabbit Run,” which premiered at Sundance 2023 and was purchased by Netflix from the festival for release later this year.
Kendall Roy takes a break. Method actor Jeremy Strong confirmed the GQ cover story that while parting ways with the “succession” “feels like death in a way,” he’s looking forward to the “freedom to shoot himself out of a few different cannons” in his career.
“Sometimes Kendall feels the same cannon over and over again,” Strong said. “When I was younger, I saw the future in the crosshairs. I don’t feel that anymore. There is a sense of “now what?” to which I have no answer.”
Strong noted that he would like to collaborate with David O. Russell on a project.