When season two of “Succession” airs on HBO later this summer, watch closely. You might just see some familiar faces and local landmarks.
The show’s production team started filming in Albany on Monday and continued through Tuesday, featuring over 200 extras from across the Capital Region.
“Succession” is centered around the Roy family, which owns a large media/entertainment conglomerate. It stars Brian Cox, Jeremy Strong, Sarah Snook, Alan Ruck and others.
Producers started scouting locations in upstate New York last winter, said Albany County Film Commissioner Debby Goedeke. That included Six Flags Great Escape in Queensbury and the Legislative Building in Albany, among other locations.
“They came back about three weeks ago,” Goedeke said, “Then we put all the wheels in motion.”
Around that time, producers sent out a casting call and Goedeke shared it on the Albany Film Facebook page, asking for extras to portray journalists, politicians and news types. Another was sent out for children, ages 6-10.
Goedeke said the casting agents got more than enough participants and over 200 residents from around the greater Capital Region got to be involved, even if they didn’t necessarily have professional acting experience.
It’s not the first time that Albany has been part of a major film production. Last year, Disney/Marvel’s “The Punisher” came to film and “Salt” was also filmed in the city a decade ago. However, "Succession" is the first major production to head to Albany this year, according to Goedeke.
One of the benefits of filming in Albany is that it can double for Washington D.C. and it’s less expensive, said Goedeke.
“Succession” season two will premiere in August and the locally filmed scenes are likely to be shown later on the season.
“Albany will close out the season,” Goedeke said. For more info visit hbo.com.