Egyptian-American Oscar winner Rami Malek preps for Season 2 of Blackout

Ahram Online , Thursday 22 Apr 2021

Season 1 has been downloaded more than 12 million times


Egyptian-American actor Rami Malek will return in the second season of the highly successful QCode podcast Blackout, which is scheduled to premiere on Apple platforms in summer 2021.

In the second season, Malek is joined by American actress Aja Naomi King.

Season 1 of Blackout was made in partnership with Endeavor Audio. Since its release in 2019, Blackout has topped the Apple podcast chart in the fiction category and has been downloaded more than 12 million times.

Besides starring in this apocalyptic thriller, the Oscar winner is the executive producer of the podcast, which he had planned prior to winning the Academy Award for Bohemian Rhapsody (2019).

As Apple platforms reveal, Blackout sheds light on Simon Itani, "a small-town radio DJ fighting to protect his family and community after the power grid goes down nationwide, upending modern civilisation."

The podcast is produced by QCode and Endeavor Content. It is written and created by Scott Conroy, and directed by Shawn Christensen.

Malek was born in 1981 in Los Angeles, to an Egyptian Coptic Orthodox family that emigrated to the US in the late 1970s.

He is best known for his performances as Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody. The role brought him an Academy Award for Best Actor, Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild, British BAFTA award, among other prizes.

Prior to Bohemian Rhapsody, Malek caught the American film industry's attention for his role as hacker Elliot Alderson in Mr. Robot, for which he won Primetime Emmy Awards and Critics Choice Television Awards (2016). 

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