Andrew Garfield to Star as Richard Branson in Upcoming Limited Series ‘Hot Air’, David Leitch to Direct


Andrew Garfield’s break from acting seems to have come to an end, as the actor has been confirmed for another limited series for his next project — Hot Air — which does not yet have a confirmed streaming platform. The limited series will be helmed by Universal International Studios and directed by David Leitch.

The six-part limited series is written by Jon Croker and is based on the book Dirty Tricks by investigative journalist Martyn Gregory. Hot Air tells the fascinating and outrageous story of a man equally as fascinating and outrageous — Richard Branson, the billionaire entrepreneur behind the rise of Virgin Airways. Garfield will undertake the starring role as Branson.

Garfield’s work has received rare recognition in 2022 with a nomination at both the Academy Awards and Emmys for his roles as legendary playwright and lyricist Jonathan Larson in Netflix’s tick, tick…BOOM! and Detective Pyre in FX’s limited series Under the Banner of Heaven. He also made a triumphant return to the Spider-Man suit as Peter Parker in Spider-Man: No Way Home at the end of 2021, for which his portrayal of the character was finally celebrated by the masses.

Leitch is perhaps best known for producing and co-directing John Wick, but he also directed Deadpool 2, Atomic Blonde and Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw. He most recently directed and produced Bullet Train starring Brad Pitt, which is set to release August 5.

Croker and Garfield executive produce alongside 87North (Leitch, Kelly McCormick and Dan Seligmann), UK-based Two&Two (Babak Anvari and Lucan Toh), and StoryFirst (Michael Grade, Peter Gerwe, and Ivan Dunleavy). 

This news was first reported by Deadline. Stay tuned with Nerds & Beyond for more updates.

Hannah’s a lifelong nerd, but has been with the team since May 2021. Her life is easily classified by two abbreviations - BBG3 and ABG3 (before Baldur’s Gate 3 and after Baldur’s Gate 3). Especially nerdy about: video games, folklore, Star Wars, D&D, Spider-Man, and horror (all of it). Based in Denver, CO.

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