Movie Reviews

The Old Man Season 2: Renewal, Cast, Story, & Everything We Know

Summary

  • Jeff Bridges and John Lithgow’s performances made The Old Man a hit series for FX.
  • The Old Man Season 2’s storyline will focus on a globe-trotting mission to recover Angela.
  • Season 2 production was likely delayed by the 2023 Hollywood strikes, but is set to return in late 2024 with the original cast.



Jeff Bridges reminded viewers why he’s a renowned and distinguished talent in FX’s thriller series The Old Man, a role that the Academy Award winner will reprise when the show returns for The Old Man season 2. Also starring John Lithgow, The Old Man centers around Bridges’s ex-CIA operative, Dan Chase, who is forced out of retirement when an old foe returns. The cat-and-mouse game draws in several other characters, such as Lithgow’s FBI Assistant Director Harold Harper, who was also once Dan’s military colleague during the Soviet-Afghanistan War.

While its debut season played around with familiar CIA-centric thriller tropes, Bridges and Lithgow’s performances as the main characters of The Old Man, along with Jonathan E Steinberg and Robert Levine’s gripping writing ensured that the show became one of FX’s most-watched original series. The show even managed to bag some major awards recognition with Bridges and Lithgow earning nominations for Best Actor in a Drama and Best Supporting Actor, respectively, at the Golden Globes, Critics Choice Awards, and SAG Awards — so it’s little surprise that The Old Man season 2 is inbound.


Stream On Hulu

The Old Man Season 2: Latest News

Story Details Are Revealed

With months passing without any concrete updates on the sophomore season, the latest news comes in the form of story details for The Old Man season 2. Revealed by star Jeff Bridges and producer Warren Littlefield, it appears as if the second season is going to pick back up right where season 1 left off, and will see Chase and his allies trek across the globe to recover Angela (Alia Shawkat). The duo of producers teased several new locations including Hong Kong, England, and Afghanistan.

Read Bridges and Littlefield’s full comments below:

Bridges:
[We go] looking for our daughter — either Angela or Emily, depending on who you’re asking! But we’re traveling all over the world this season, [including to Hong Kong, England and Afghanistan.]

Littlefield:
It’s a father’s quest to get his daughter and bring her to safety.


The Old Man Season 2 Confirmed

Season 2 Is On The Way

Jeff Bridges talking to some cops in The Old Man

The Old Man premiered its first two episodes on June 16, 2022. Right after the third episode, on June 27, FX announced the show’s renewal for a second season. This seems obvious considering the burning questions that TheOld Man fans had after the season 1 finale. It is also an understandable commercial choice given how The Old Man was the most-watched primetime scripted series to premiere on television since 2020.

The Old Man
season 1 concluded on July 21, 2022.


The Old Man Season 2 Production Status

Season 2 Is Slated To Return Later In 2024

Jeff Bridges talks while riding inside a car in The Old Man

After being delayed due to the Hollywood strikes of 2023, it is unclear exactly where The Old Man season 2 is in its production timeline. A recently announced release window of late 2024 suggests filming will commence in the first quarter of 2024, though no word has come to confirm that speculation. If the release window is met, that means fans will have waited over two years for the action-adventure series to return for its sophomore outing.

The Old Man Season 2 Cast

Bridges & Lithgow Are Returning


While no major additions to the cast have been announced, most of the first season’s stars will be returning for The Old Man season 2. Jeff Bridges and John Lithgow will be back given the ending shot in the season finale that finds the former partners reuniting in a car. With The Old Man making for one of Alia Shawkat’s best roles, the actress isn’t done with her character, Angela Adams, as viewers will now be briefed on the aftermath of her kidnapping.

The presumptive cast of The Old Man season 2 includes:

Actor

The Old Man Role

Jeff Bridges

Dan Chase

Jeff Bridges as Flynn in Tron Legacy

John Lithgow

Harold Harper

John Lithgow as Arthur Mitchell at the Head of the Table in a Thanksgiving Scene in Dexter

Alia Shawkat

Angela Adams

Jess (Alia Shawkat) smoking a cigarette in Blink Twice (2024)

Amy Brenneman

Zoe McDonald

Amy Brenneman as Zoe in The Old Man

Navid Negahban

Hamzad

Navid Negahban in Kandahar

Related

The Old Man Cast & Character Guide

FX’s new series adaptation of The Old Man, based on the novel by Thomas Perry, has a stacked cast including Jeff Bridges and John Lithgow.


The Old Man Season 2 Story Details

A Globe-Trotting Search For Angela

Alia Shawkat as Angela/Emily looking annoyed in The Old Man

things won’t be so simple since Hamzad is Angela’s actual father and that emotional tie might cause problems for Dan.

Though it wasn’t hard to guess about the story of the sophomore season, Jeff Bridges’ recent reveal about the plot confirms a lot of previous speculation. Season 2 of The Old Man will see Dan and his allies embark on a globe-trotting mission to recover Angela after she was kidnapped by Hamzad. However, things won’t be so simple since Hamzad is Angela’s actual father and that emotional tie might cause problems for Dan.


It is also important to note that The Old Man is based on the 2017 novel by Thomas Perry. While retaining the general premise, The Old Man season 1 took a new narrative route. Perry’s protagonist is being chased by a ruthless warlord and the American government as he steals $20 million from him. But the monetary angle is replaced in the show with a more humanistic element: Hamzad’s wife, who also becomes Dan’s love interest. Similarly, Hamzad’s connection with Angela is absent in the novel, allowing the showrunners to explore new storylines even if they wrap up the novel’s events in The Old Man season 2.

  • the old man

    The Old Man

    Cast:
    Jeff Bridges, Amy Brenneman

    Release Date:
    2022-09-28

    Seasons:
    1

    Genres:
    Thriller

    Network:
    FX

    Streaming Service(s):
    Hulu, Prime Video

    Directors:
    Greg Yaitanes

    Showrunner:
    Greg Yaitanes

Back to top button