Alexander Skarsgard is being added to the cast of ‘Succession’ Season 3

Alexander Skarsgard attends the WSJ. Magazine 2018 Innovator Awards

Personally, I’m more into Billions than Succession. The two shows are somewhat similar – rich douchebags doing terrible things. Billions is more about a work-family at a powerful New York hedge-fund and the toxic relationships therein. Succession is about an actual family, loosely based on the Murdochs, and it’s more about a media company? As I said, I don’t really f–k with Succession, but I might have to start. Succession producers are adding someone very special to the upcoming Season 3: Alexander Skarsgard.

“Succession” Season 3 at HBO has added Alexander Skarsgård to its cast. Skarsgård will play Lukas Matsson in the third season of the critically-acclaimed series, who is described as a successful, confrontational tech founder and CEO. He joins a cast that currently includes Brian Cox, Jeremy Strong, Kieran Culkin, Sarah Snook, Hiam Abbass, Nicholas Braun, Peter Friedman, Matthew Macfadyen, Alan Ruck, Rob Yang, and more.

Ambushed by his rebellious son Kendall (Strong) at the end of Season 2, Logan Roy (Cox) begins Season 3 in a perilous position. Scrambling to secure familial, political, and financial alliances, tensions rise as a bitter corporate battle threatens to turn into a family civil war.

Skarsgård is no stranger to HBO audiences, having won an Emmy and a Golden Globe for his role in Season 1 of “Big Little Lies.”

Production on “Succession” Season 3 was originally supposed to begin early last year but it was delayed due to the pandemic. It is currently in production in New York.

[From Variety]

I mean… I genuinely will watch the first two seasons of Succession now that I have Alex Skarsgaard coming in the third season. Seriously though, Billions and Succession are so similar from where I sit. Billions keeps stunt-casting weird and interesting people too – in the last season (which was brutally cut off because of the pandemic), they added Corey Stoll as some kind of billionaire foil to Bobby Axelrod, and it sounds like Succession is doing the same with Alex’s character. Incidentally, we’re supposed to get some extra episodes of Billions this year but I don’t know when! Ugh. Anyway, Skarsgard and Succession. More hot actors should try to be stunt-cast into prestige dramas. I really appreciate the fact that Alex loves working in television too – I’m sure a lot of actors in his position would see it as a step down to do this kind of work, but I bet he loves the show and he’s looking forward to working with those actors.

Alexander Skarsgard

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  1. Lara says:

    Having watched both shows I find Succession far more entertaining. Alex is a perfect fit for this, and I hope shiv gets a go.

    • Anne Call says:

      Love Succession, gave up on Billions after a few episodes.

    • Sue says:

      I gave up on billions in the very first scene where the wife pees on the husband. That was a…bold opening.

  2. Lori says:

    Jeremy Strong is amazing. Truly.

  3. Shannon says:

    Alex is my imaginary tv boyfriend, so I will definitely watch this – it’s what a supportive imaginary girlfriend does. I might have to do so alone without my husband and kids in the room, though. They just don’t get Alex and my relationship

  4. Noki says:

    Is that how these mega rich a**holes act behind closed doors. They are so douchey!

  5. Anners says:

    Haven’t watched either, but I’m honking for Skarsgard – happy to see and hear about him whenever.

  6. ThatgirlThere says:

    While I don’t think he’s handsome, I do find him attractive and quite charismatic. There is just something interesting about him…
    He’s also a really good actor.

    • Anners says:

      Yes, this! Objectively his features aren’t all that symmetrical (or whatever it is that makes a person beautiful), but he just seems so appealing and attractive. He seems low-key funny and intelligent and that’s attractive

    • Darla says:

      You don’t think Alexander Skarsgard is handsome? I can see him not being your type, but is it even subjective that he’s handsome?

  7. Soni says:

    Succession is amazing! It keeps me glued to the tv and Alex being cast will keep me even more interested. Which reminds m- I need to rewatch Seasons 1 and 2. The Kendall rap scene is iconic!

    • MaryContrary says:

      I love that the rap scene had not been rehearsed in front of any of the cast before-so everyone’s shocked/bemused/horrified reactions were genuine.

  8. Midge says:

    Succession grew on me. It took time, but then at some point I was totally hooked.

  9. The Hench says:

    I’ve watched both shows – started off preferring Billions and struggled with the first series of Succession – not because it isn’t well written and acted but just because ALL the characters are rich douchebags in different ways and it felt so realistic it was depressing. Billions was fluffier. Now though Billions, to me, is sinking fast and getting more silly by the second. Succession is grittier and I think A Skarsgard will be a fine addition.

  10. Ksweet says:

    Succession is one of the best dramas I’ve ever seen on TV. Some of it is just surreal, and it’s always riveting. I found Billions after finishing Succession, and it’s entertaining, with great acting, but Succession is top shelf.

  11. Wit of the Staircase says:

    The writing and casting in Succession is top notch. It feels like a real peek into the machinations at Murdoch’s media empire and his sneering, clawing family. There’s also a good amount of humor. Can’t wait for Season 3.

  12. ItReallyIsYouNotMe says:

    Succession puts me in a conundrum because I literally don’t like a single character besides Gerri and Cousin Greg, but I can’t stop watching it. The characters are very human in a rich little poor girl (or boy or non-binary) way. I keep rooting for them even when they drive me crazy. Anyway I will definitely watch With A.S. In a big role.

    • Wit of the Staircase says:

      Agree that it’s hard to root for anyone. Kendall keeps trying to be a hero but his own demons get in the way. Love cousin Greg but he’s also being corrupted the longer he’s in the firm.

  13. Sof says:

    He was so scary in Big Little Lies!
    I love Succession, I’ve never watched a show where I connected with the characters, so I don’t mind them all being horrible people (let’s be real, the appeal of the show is how these people try to destroy each other all the time).

  14. Mina_Esq says:

    I really enjoy Succession but could never get into Billions. Am excited to see Alex anytime, anywhere.

  15. Rachel says:

    Succession is the best show, much better than Billions imo. Can’t wait for season 3!!

  16. sassafras says:

    I love Succession. It’s true that every character is terrible but there is sly humor and pathos and twists and digs at the upper class and the lifestyle porn is A++.

    I’m also a big fan of Alexander Skarsgard and I think he plays softly menacing assholes sooo convincingly that honestly, I side eye all the fangirls who say he’s so nice in real life. I mean, I want to believe them but I’m totally convinced by his characters . It makes sense that he wants to do TV, he grew up with his Dad being a working actor and I think all the Skarsgards just want good work to do, no matter what it is.

  17. Darla says:

    Me too! you’re the first person I’ve seen say this. I love Billions but didn’t get into Succession first season. But now you know I am going to be watching. Sex on a stick, Skarsgard.

  18. Cee says:

    I watch both shows and they’re both amazing and significantly different to avoid being bored by either.

  19. Lena says:

    I don’t care what his part is. I know he’ll fit into the story like a glove. Can’t wait!

  20. FlachamBoden says:

    Succession is a must watch. It is absolutely fantastic. It took me a couple of episodes to get into it….but it is definitely one of my favourite shows right now.

  21. Mee yo says:

    Please write about Skarsgard often with shirtless pictures preferably

    • Lara says:

      Comments like this are creepy. Would you be fine with a man writing “‘more posts about this woman please but only with her shirt off”


  22. Bethan says:

    I watched Succession begrudgingly with my husband who was a huge fan. It’s ok. The most remarkable thing is the actor who plays Kendall- he is amazing. And Greg!

    Billions is kind of more like a joke show at this point, it’s so over the top which was what I liked about it but …The first season or two were ok but I dunno, kinda got silly. Couldn’t keep up with the quadruple crosses lol

    I’m excited to see what he makes this role. I used to think I had the hot for him but it’s just Eric Northman. I like how even though he is a really attractive man he takes sort of strange roles where he’s not remotely heart throb material.