News: Ashley Zukerman Cast In Apple Series ‘City On Fire’
Jemima Kirke (Sex Education), Nico Tortorella (Younger), Ashley Zukerman (The Lost Symbol), Xavier Clyde (Hard), Max Milner (The Dirt), Alexandra Doke (Grey’s Anatomy), Omid Abtahi (The Mandalorian), Kathleen Munroe (FBI) and John Cameron Mitchell (Joe vs. Carol) round out the ensemble cast for Apple TV+’s upcoming drama series City on Fire. They join previously announced Chase Sui Wonders and Wyatt Oleff, who star in the series inspired by Garth Risk Hallberg’s novel of the same name, from Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage. Production is underway in New York City.
In City on Fire, an NYU student is shot in Central Park on the Fourth of July, 2003. Samantha is alone; there are no witnesses and very little physical evidence. Her friends’ band is playing her favorite downtown club but she leaves to meet someone, promising to return. She never does. As the crime against Samantha is investigated, she’s revealed to be the crucial connection between a series of mysterious citywide fires, the downtown music scene, and a wealthy uptown real estate family fraying under the strain of the many secrets they keep. [Source]
News: Dan Brown’s The Lost Symbol Cancelled at Peacock After One Season
Peacock is breaking the Da Vinci code: The streamer has cancelled the prequel Dan Brown’s The Lost Symbol after just one season, our sister site Deadline reports.
“We were so proud to bring this action-packed mystery thriller to our members and enjoyed watching this compelling series unfold with a satisfying, complete story,” Peacock said in a statement. “We’re grateful to Dan Dworkin, Jay Beattie, Dan Brown, Brian Grazer and Ron Howard along with CBS Studios, Imagine Television and UTV for bringing this international bestselling novel to life.”
Based on the 2009 novel by Brown — a prequel to The Da Vinci Code, which was turned into a blockbuster film franchise starring Tom Hanks — The Lost Symbol starred Succession alum Ashley Zukerman as Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon (the role Hanks played in the film series). In the series, Langdon was recruited by the CIA to crack the code on a number of deadly puzzles after his mentor goes missing. [Source]
Gallery Update: “The Lost Symbol” Stills & Screencaptures
Huge apology about the delay everyone, I’ve finally updated the gallery with HQ stills and screencaptures of the first few episodes of The Lost Symbol, which I hope everyone is enjoying as much as I am. Ash is doing an amazing job portraying Robert Langdon and I can’t wait to see what’s coming next.
The Lost Symbol (2021) > Episode Stills > 02. The Araf
The Lost Symbol (2021) > Episode Stills > 03. Murmuration
The Lost Symbol (2021) > Key Art
The Lost Symbol (2021) > Episode Screencaptures > 01. As Above, So Below
The Lost Symbol (2021) > Episode Screencaptures > 02. The Araf
Feature: Ashley Zukerman for the New York Post
Ashley Zukerman, best known for playing Shiv Roy’s ex flame, Nate, on “Succession,” has a new TV role as Harvard professor of art and symbology Robert Langdon in “Dan Brown’s The Lost Symbol.”
It’s the same role played by Tom Hanks in the big-screen movies “The Da Vinci Code,” “Angels & Demons” and “The Inferno.”
“I tried not to think about [Hanks’] portrayal of the character much,” Zukerman, 37, told The Post. “I just felt like I was mining Dan Brown’s work.”
Premiering Thursday, Sept. 16 on Peacock, the thriller series follows Langdon as he becomes ensnared in a mystery when he’s called to the U.S. capitol to give a speech — only to find his mentor missing and a gruesome severed hand with a mysterious symbol tattoo. The resulting puzzle he must figure out involves everything from the CIA to Freemasons.
Langdon is the main character in Dan Brown’s bestselling novels, “The Da Vinci Code,” “Angels and Demons” and the titular “The Lost Symbol.” Zukerman’s rendition of the character is 20 years younger than the Hanks version of Langdon, even though the series is set in modern-day.
“Although this is the third book [about Langdon], we’re using it as a prequel,” he said. “So we’re able to dive deeper into his idiosyncrasies and ask why and pull at the threads a little more.”
Zukerman hadn’t read the books before starring in “The Lost Symbol” but said he dove in immediately after landing the role.
“It’s not that I started it and put it down, it’s just that I had missed them. But luckily, I was able to catch up and study this specific book and the Masons, and the [topic of] art history, and this specific world. It was sort of a thrilling thing. It was an incredible joy reading 3,000 pages about someone I was about to play. That’s unheard of in anything I’ve done previously.”
Dan Brown is also an executive producer on the show. Zukerman said he hasn’t had a great deal of interaction with the author, but they had one conversation that has stuck with him. [more at source]
Video: Dan Brown’s “The Lost Symbol” Trailer
Video: “The Lost Symbol” Premiere Date Announcement
We're about to embark on a journey of secrets, codes, and surprises. Join us, #TheLostSymbol is streaming on @peacockTV September 16! pic.twitter.com/voyBEdnCkg
— Dan Brown (@AuthorDanBrown) August 2, 2021