Alex Rider screenwriter’s “condition” was a brand new female character to challenge Alex

Screenwriter Guy Burt revealed that part of his deal with the show's producers was that he create "a female character who could hold her own against Alex Rider".

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Alex Rider - Season 1 - Episode 104

The screenwriter behind Amazon Prime Video’s upcoming TV adaptation Alex Rider, based on Anthony Horowitz’s best-sellers, has revealed he only agreed to the project on the “condition” that another female character was added.

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Alex Rider is based on Point Blanc, the second book in Horowitz’s teen spy series, and which was originally marketed towards school-age boys.

However, the TV series will feature a brand new character, Kyra, described by screenwriter Guy Burt as “a young version of Lisbeth Salander’s character from Girl With A Dragon Tattoo”. 

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Asked by RadioTimes.com about how he hoped the series would appeal to more young women, screenwriter Guy Burt said, “It was very much a kind of condition of involvement for me, that we had a female character that could hold her own against Alex. Things that I’ve written for television in the past have included dramas like The Bletchley Circle, which was specifically about women, and had four female leads.”

Alex Rider - Season 1 - Episode 106
Alex Rider – Season 1 – Episode 106

He continued, “I really wanted to have a female character who’s kind of not just a love interest, not just a sort of side character, but somebody central. So that’s Kyra [played Marli Siu], and she is a kind of slow burn character, she’s introduced to us about halfway through the series but she becomes more and more significant as the series goes on. And for me, partly because she’s entirely my creation, she’s not in the books at all, it’s been great fun trying to find a way to place her within this.

“A kind of mental shorthand for her throughout has been a young version of Lisbeth Salander’s character from Girl With A Dragon Tattoo. If you can imagine her as a teenager.”

Alex Rider - Season 1 - Episode 102

Marli Siu (Grantchester), who plays Kyra, a student at the mysterious school Point Blanc, joins a cast that includes Otto Tarrant (Mrs Wilson) in the title role, and Line of Duty’s Vicky McClure as Alex’s handler, Mrs Jones.

Alex Rider will premiere on Amazon Prime Video in the UK on 4th June, with all eight episodes available for UK Prime members to stream. You can also read the entire book series here.

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