Aldis Hodge stated that revisiting the world of “Leverage” for the present’s revival was “surreal.”
“I don’t know what number of occasions in anybody’s profession they get an opportunity to return to a present they began years in the past,” Hodge, 34, instructed the Submit.
“It’s been ten years since we shot the final season. [The cast] at all times stayed in contact, that is simply the primary time we’ve been collectively in particular person on set shortly. For me, I needed to recall who and what the character was that I created.”
Premiering July 9 on IMDbTV (Amazon’s free streamer), “Leverage: Redemption” is a revival of the TNT sequence “Leverage” that aired from 2008-2012. The motion crime drama adopted a gaggle of individuals with distinctive expertise who assist abnormal residents struggle again towards injustices from firms and governments. “Leverage: Redemption” brings the crew again eight years later, sans Nate (Timothy Hutton), whose absence is straight away defined within the first episode. There’s hacker Alec Hardison (Hodge), hitter Eliot Spencer (Christian Kane), grifter Sophie Devereaux (Gina Bellman) and thief Parker (Beth Riesgraf). The revival additionally provides some new faces to the crew, together with reformed company lawyer Harry Wilson (Noah Wyle) and Breanna Casey (Aleyse Shannon), Hardison’s computer-savvy foster sister.
“Everyone is improbable,” stated Hodge. “Oddly sufficient I labored with Noah after I was like 12 years outdated on ‘ER.’ And Aleyse is hilarious and has nice power. I need folks to keep watch over her; she’s a rising star.”
Regardless of having a variety of flicks and exhibits underneath his belt, Hodge stated that “Leverage” remains to be the undertaking that followers method him about probably the most.
“The love for this present — I’ve by no means seen something prefer it. I feel it’s superior. Followers sometimes ask me, ‘When is it coming again?’ and now I lastly have a solution.”
He attributes the present’s cult following to its premise of combating for the underdog.
“Oftentimes, folks inform us about feeling hopeless however then watching the present and stepping into the enjoyable nature of those guys getting justice for the little man. I feel folks tie their private journeys of coping with powerful occasions to our present. And to me, that’s the very best honor that we could possibly be bestowed by our viewers. I take that fairly critically.”
Hodge began on the primary season of “Leverage” when he was solely 20. Because it ended, he’s change into a star, showing in films resembling “Straight Outta Compton,” “Hidden Figures,” and “One Night time In Miami.”
“There’s a privilege that comes together with having the ability to develop in your profession after which when one thing like this comes again round, you continue to step into it due to love and the dedication,” he stated. “I can simply do that job realizing it’s purely to take pleasure in myself. There’s a pleasant ease to it that not often has been afforded to me in my profession. It teaches me in regards to the worth of what it’s that we do as artists. Folks have been asking for this present persistently and loyally for 10 years! That’s unreal.”
Hodge’s resume is nonstop at this time: along with “Leverage: Redemption” he’s additionally starring in Showtime’s ‘90s period police drama “Metropolis on a Hill,”(renewed for a 3rd season), he’s creating an anime sequence (“It’s an authentic concept that I got here up with myself — I’ve received to promote it first, that’s the plan” ), he’s starring in and producing the movie “Parallel Forest” together with his brother Edwin Hodge, and he’s co-starring within the superhero blockbuster “Black Adam” with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson (slated to hit theaters in July of 2022).
“[Dwayne Johnson] is an actual cool cat, he’s actually giving and supportive. We’re having some powerful days with regards to the bodily facet of [the shoot] and the way we need to present what these characters are able to,” he stated.
“But it surely’s good to be round DJ and his camp. Everyone is swole and match; it’s nice motivation to remain in form and to search out new limits that your physique can obtain. I take a look at this [movie] as an enormous alternative in many alternative methods. And it’s residing as much as the hype — in each approach doable.”