Lincoln Younes will step into the shoes of nightclub mogul John Ibrahim for Helium drama Last King of the Cross, set to begin filming in May for Paramount+.
Inspired by John Ibrahim’s best-selling autobiography of the same name, the 10-part series is an operatic story of two brothers, Sam and John Ibrahim who organise the street but lose each other in their ascent to power.
Kieran Darcy-Smith is the writer and director of the Sydney-based project, which is being produced by Mark Fennessy and Karl Zwicky.
He said it was an honour to have the opportunity to play such a formidable character in a world “where truth is often stranger than fiction”.
“I feel privileged to lead a diverse cast with a Lebanese character at its centre, and I’m excited to bring the world to Sydney’s Kings Cross once more,” he said.
Darcy-Smith said Younes was a “terrific young actor” that would be “taking us all on a wild ride”.
“John Ibrahim is – amongst so many things – an enigma wrapped in a mystery,” he said.
“He is a fascinating and compelling character. An individual. Therefore finding the right person to portray him accurately was paramount. Finding Lincoln was a blessing.”