Succession: What Nick Braun learned from Ken Loach

If you’ve followed the career of Nick Braun – the young star of the forthcoming Amazon series Succession – then you’ll be well aware that there’s a lot on the line. For Braun, success…

Succession: What Nick Braun learned from Ken Loach

If you’ve followed the career of Nick Braun – the young star of the forthcoming Amazon series Succession – then you’ll be well aware that there’s a lot on the line. For Braun, success means the start of a terrifying new phase in his career: the time when the door to his family’s fortune can be swung wide open.

The series, which you can stream now, is based on the mid-2000s Rolling Stone article The Children of Facebook. In it, writer Richard Price explored the state of power among a privileged middle-class American family when their patriarch, media mogul Logan Roy (Jeremy Strong), begins to steer towards death by initiating a succession plan. But it is revealed that the family, including ambitious lawyer Connor (Braun), is unaware of the plot.

“It’s only later I find out that Logan has not just wanted to put Connor in the family name, but deliberately put Connor in charge – he wanted to create this idea that the business was being run by a savvy young guy.”

Logan’s cousin, John Finn (Brian Cox), is also part of the plan – Braun says that the family are essentially asking “who do we love more?”

“The whole family is kind of on edge, from Connor’s perspective, but the first thing he says is, ‘I don’t understand, this is just my cousin. He’s really too good to be true’. When he talks to his lawyer his first words are, ‘I’m protecting my cousin’s deal here’. The weird thing is, his mum’s closest confidante is his cousin.

“Connor is really living the dream now, he’s going to have a big office in Los Angeles, his grandfather’s going to be taking care of things, but he’s never been more unhappy. Logan tells him, ‘You’re the one that’s stuck with this’.”

Braun says the plans seem to be in motion – but if it were the other way around, would Connor even know he wasn’t wanted?

“The thing is, Connor’s cousin really thinks he’s the man to lead the family into the next generation. We see the other side of that, when Connor takes everyone to the beach for their big party and comes home and they’re laughing at him. The plan is still afoot, but at the same time, for Connor, it feels like there’s something unsafe about him all the time.”

Succession is streaming now. For more from the cast and the show’s creators, watch our video interview with Nicolas Braun

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