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Chances are you’ve had your eye on Max Irons since his role in The White Queen, but a new role on U.S. TV means he’s likely to become an even bigger star.

Deadline reports he’s just snared the lead role in Condor, a rather juicy sounding ten-part remake of 1975 political thriller The Three Days of Condor.

He’ll play CIA analyst Joe Turner, a role originally owned by Robert Redford in Sydney Pollack‘s classic movie. As anyone who’s seen it will remember, Joe has the kind of day that puts all our work gripes into perspective: having stepped out for lunch in New York, he returns to the office to find all his colleagues have been murdered.

Yeah. That’s a tough day, alright. The original film’s trailer gives us a pleasingly retro reminder of Redford in the role:

The new version will be set firmly in the modern day, with Irons’ character described as “an idealistic millennial” who’s forced to go on the run when the agency suspect him of carrying out the deed.

It’s the latest in a string of impressive roles for the son of actors Jeremy Irons and Sinéad Cusack.

Since playing King Edward IV in The White Queen, Irons has starred in films such as Woman in Gold alongside Dame Helen Mirren and Orphan Black‘s Tatiana Maslany, and The Riot Club with The Hunger GamesSam Claflin and Jupiter Ascending‘s Douglas Booth.

In 2017, he has no fewer than three major roles on the cards. There’s Bitter Harvest, an upcoming love story set in 1930s Soviet Ukraine, Terminal, a thriller that will see him share the screen with Margot Robbie and Simon Pegg, and Crooked House, the Agatha Christie adaptation by Downton Abbey‘s Julian Fellowes.

The new role in Condor, however, marks his return to the small screen, after playing an archaeologist in last year’s flashy ITV drama, Tutankhamun, which so far hasn’t aired in the US.

Irons’ Condor character finds himself at the center of a vast conspiracy —  a situation not unlike that of Jonathan Pine in The Night Manager.

Tom Hiddleston‘s success in that role must surely have occurred to Irons, not to mention the show’s producers. Hopefully this will be every bit as slick and gripping as that show was, propelling Irons to Golden Globe-winning heights and household-name status.

Do you think Irons can fill Redford’s shoes?

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By Kat Sommers
Kat is a freelance writer for Anglophenia.