If you thought the cast couldn’t get any better, think again.
Satire is arguably very hard to pull off, but if you do manage it, you have something special…
In this sense, Succession can absolutely be considered special, joining recent examples like Boots Riley’s Sorry To Bother You – a rare find, blending impactful drama with clever comedy. The series was created by Jesse Armstrong (Peep Show, anyone?) and premiered in the summer of 2018 on HBO, which already acts as an indication of its quality.
The premium channel really does deliver so many prestigious shows, with this year’s Chernobyl essentially becoming one of the most acclaimed of all time. The HBO banner has become a hallmark of quality now more than ever, and fortunately, the return of Succession has really helped solidify such claims. It focuses its lens on the Roy family, owners of a worldwide media empire.
Season 2 began premiering in August and – according to Wikipedia – has already been renewed for a third. They’re confident in it, and there are no doubts as to why…
HBO’s Succession: Holly Hunter
Needless to say, Succession already boasted a winning cast, featuring the likes of Brian Cox (The Bourne Identity), Natalie Gold (Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead), Alan Ruck (Ferris Bueller’s Day Off) and Kieran Culkin (Igby Goes Down), who was actually nominated for a Golden Globe for his performance as Roman Roy.
It’s a great ensemble, but the latest batch of episodes have also added some familiar faces into the mix. Perhaps most notably of late, legendary actress Holly Hunter appears in the fourth episode of season 2 – entitled ‘Safe Room’ – playing the role of Rhea Jarrell, who is called to meet Kendall and Logan.
She gives a good performance, but if you explore the 61-year-old actresses amazing film career, you’d know not to expect anything less than great work. The role of Rhea is set to be a recurring one, which is pretty pleasing news after a gripping episode like that.
So, considering the recent impression she’s made, let’s take a look at some of her most important and renowned roles, spanning a career over four decades.
Holly Hunter: A screen legend
We’ve seen plenty of fantastic actors who have early luck on horror projects, with Johnny Depp in A Nightmare on Elm Street offering a perfect example.
Interestingly, Holly Hunter’s first role was also on an eighties horror gem, 1981’s The Burning (she played Sophie). The film has a significant fanbase and it’s cool to see her in such an early role, but so much was yet to come. She was actually a part of the Coen Brothers’ Blood Simple as Helene Trend, later landing a role in the Brothers’ hilarious comedy classic – 1987’s Raising Arizona – three years later in the major role of Ed.
There are plenty of notable roles to mention, so let’s spotlight such films as Broadcast News (Jane Craig – comparisons have been drawn with her and Rhea), 1993’s The Piano (Ada McGrath), 1996’s Crash (Helen Remington), Thirteen (Melanie Freeland), The Incredibles (Elastigirl), Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (Senator Finch), The Big Sick (Beth), Song to Song (Miranda) and more.
She snagged the Oscar for Best Actress for her aforementioned role in The Piano. Check out the moment below:
Let’s not forget TV roles!
Holly has made an instant impression on Succession audiences, but as you’d figure from a filmography like that, she’s no stranger to TV either.
Across her career, she’s appeared in such small-screen productions as 2018’s Here and Now (Audrey Bayer), Bonnie & Clyde (Emma Parker), Top of the Lake (GJ) and Saving Grace (Grace Hanadarko), in which she boasts the central role.
The actress is a sensational talent and continues to deliver more exceptional screenwork; let’s hope Succession similarly continues to climb the ladder of greatness.
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