Richard Madden Joined His First Big TV Show Since Bodyguard

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Richard Madden has been busy, as in super busy, and he's not slowing down any time soon. The actor has joined his first major TV show since the breakout hit Bodyguard. In 2018, the series proved popular with viewers and critics alike. Now, Madden is readying to come to TV in an exciting new series.

While fans keep hope alive for another season of Bodyguard, they can count on Richard Madden returning to their screens. Madden has signed on to star in Amazon Studios’ Citadel opposite Quantico’s Priyanka Chopra Jonas. The duo will lead the United States edition (also described as the “mothership” version) of the series from the Russo Brothers, known for their work in the MCU.

Citadel will also have local-language productions in Mexico, India, and Italy. There is not a whole lot more to go on than that. Amazon has not yet revealed character descriptions. Further details will hopefully be forthcoming as work on the series progresses. TVLine does refer to Citadel as a “spy thriller.” For now, news of Richard Madden and Priyanka Chopra Jonas’ castings will have to suffice.

Richard Madden has discussed wanting to take on roles that are different from his Game of Thrones’ character, Robb Stark. Time will tell how much his part in Citadel fits that bill. News of the new TV show comes as Madden’s career has continued to skyrocket.

Since his time on Bodyguard, Richard Madden has been the subject of persistent Bond rumors. Bond, as in James Bond, rumors. It has gotten to the point even Madden’s TV dad, Sean Bean, weighed in on Madden taking on the iconic role. That said, there's more to Madden’s filmography than sheer speculation. He has been enjoying a sensational film career.

Last year, Richard Madden joined the cast of The Eternals in the role of Ikaris. He also starred in the Elton John biopic, Rocketman, as John Reid. Madden closed out 2019 with the release of Sam Mendes’ 1917, which recently earned a 2020 Oscar nomination for Best Picture. Hence, Madden’s career is only continuing to soar with this latest news.

Richard Madden’s casting marks yet another example of an in-demand actor balancing their time between film and TV. His new show is something to tide fans over as they continue to hope that the future still holds the possibility of Bodyguard Season 2. For now, Citadel sounds promising! He already has a fantastic co-star in Priyanka Chopra Jonas.

Citadel’s writers and executive producers will include Josh Appelbaum, André Nemec, Jeff Pinkner, and Scott Rosenberg. On board as executive producers are the Russo Brothers, Patrick Moran, and Mike Larocca. As for the multi-national productions, that personally brings to mind Netflix’s Criminal, which had multiple installments set in various locales.

A premiere date for Citadel has not been set yet by Amazon, so stay tuned. Richard Madden’s upcoming series will presumably release well after this winter’s premieres. You can currently stream the first season and to-date only season of Bodyguard on Netflix, among other 2020 content.

Britt Lawrence

Like a contented Hallmark movie character, Britt happily lives in the same city she grew up in. Along with movies and television, she is passionate about competitive figure skating. She has been writing about entertainment for 5 years, and as you may suspect, still finds it as entertaining to do as when she began.