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So far, 2020 has seemed like all bad news, but then IMDB TV swooped in to save the day by announcing it was making a Leverage revival series! If anyone can turn this year around, it’s the Leverage team.
Back in April, Amazon’s free streaming service IMDB TV officially ordered a revival season of Leverage, and we’ve been scouring the internet for clues about this little reunion ever since. Though COVID-19 shutdowns threw a little bit of a wrench into plans for this series, we may actually be well on our way to getting new episodes of our favorite reformed rule breakers.
Here’s everything we know so far about the upcoming Leverage revival…
There is no premiere date yet. Unfortunately, IMDB TV has not given any indication when this series will debut, but most likely, we’ll have to wait until at least 2021 to see the new season.
The creators and most of the original cast will return. Creators John Rogers and Chris Downey will return to helm the series, and many of the original cast members have also signed on as series regulars. Beth Riesgraf will be back as Parker, Gina Bellman will reprise her role as Sophie Devereaux, and Christian Kane will also be back as Eliot Spencer. Don’t worry Hardison fans, Aldis Hodge is also returning, but he is only listed as a recurring character due to other commitments.
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Timothy Hutton will not return. Though Hutton starred as team leader Nathan Ford in the original series, he will not reprise that role in the revival. Presumably, his absence is due to the rape allegations leveled against him earlier this year.
Noah Wyle will star as the new lead of the series. Deadline reports Wyle will star as Harry Sullivan, a corporate lawyer who is looking for redemption after realizing he’s been sitting on the wrong side of the table his entire career. Rogers responded to a fan question about what kind of character Wyle will be playing with a single word: “Conflicted.”
There will be 13 episodes. Sorry to burst your bubble if you were hoping for a long season, but this revival is keeping things streamlined. There will only be 13 episodes in the first season, but at least that’s still longer than most Netflix series?
We’re getting a new team member. Due to Hodge’s recurring status, the team will need another tech whiz on hand, and that role will be filled by Alyese Shannon, who plays Breanna Casey. According to Deadline, Alec will introduce this new team member who is a mix of sarcastic and intelligent. She’s a genius mechanical engineer and hacker, who grew up in the foster system after her parents’ tragic car accident. Breanna got lucky and landed a home with Nana, and her “bonus big-brother Hardison,” who ended up teaching her computers and hacking.
The first table read has already happened. The stars and creators of Leverage reunited at the beginning of August for the first table read of the revival series and merrily posted photos together to get us all salivating. John Rogers announced the table read on Twitter, writing, “EP 1 table read today. Completely surreal, everybody’s right back in the voices.”
#leveragereboot EP 1 table read today. Completely surreal, everybody’s right back in the voices . @BethRiesgraf @AldisHodge @ChristianKane01 and our old Librarian pal Noah — but you’re not ready for the heat @Ginabellman brings, people.
— John Rogers (@jonrog1) August 5, 2020
STAY SAFE! Protect others and take care of your gang! 🌈 pic.twitter.com/SbLMQ9MltF
— Gina Bellman (@Ginabellman) August 5, 2020
The new series will have a different motivation. Dean Devlin told Deadline when the revival was first announced that the major change for this new series is that it’s more of a redemption story than one of revenge. “While Leverage centered on a crusade to avenge the death of a child, this series is propelled forward as a redemption story of misdeeds that need amends,” Devlin said. “I could not be more excited and fired up about returning to the world of Hitter, Hacker, Grifter, Thief!!”
Sophie is going to make us cry. At the first table read, Rogers tweeted that we are not ready for the performance Gina Bellman is about to deliver. “You’re not ready for the heat @Ginabellman brings, people. She pulled off the ‘I’m not sure this speech works I have to trust Gina’ moment and made the room tear up. So good to be working with actors who started off great 12 years ago and have only gotten better.”
Aldis Hodge, Christian Kane, Beth Riesgraf, LeveragePhoto: TNT