And to be sure, this newest chapter ups the stakes by taking on the threat of global hacking.The ante has been upped.
This third Wolf installment, True Alpha, is nearly triple the length of its predecessors, clocking in at 20 minutes. Two characters have been woven into the plot for Slater to joust with. Jonathan Banks (Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul) plays the Fixer, who’s been the star of his own HP commercials as a grizzled enforcer in the cyber wars; and Nigerian-British model and actress Betty Adewole plays an ex-hacker security expert named Cecilia Grey.
“Oh, my palms are sweating, I’m just trying to keep calm here,” says Adewole while on the set. For the 26-year-old, The Wolf marks her first significant acting job — and the series’ first major female character. “I’m not a very tech-savvy person, though I’m definitely getting more into it now,” she says. “And I would love for people to be inspired by the strong woman I’m playing. Personally, it’s inspiring to me.”
As the Fixer, Banks is taciturn like an old Western sheriff, but the actor is remarkably loose and likeable when we catch up with him while shooting a scene at a shipping container port on the outskirts of Prague. Wearing overalls and a hard hat while crewmembers hose down a hot blacktop nearby, Banks gestures with his hand towards the massive red and blue steel boxes being lifted by a crane. He deadpans to me, “How many dead bodies ya think are in those containers?”
Banks, who grew up in Washington, D.C., where his mother worked for the CIA, turns serious when explaining the pull that roped him into this project. “We present The Wolf in a dramatic form and it’s a fun storyline,” he says. “But the reality is it’s such an awful thing to have your privacy or your property violated. And I think anybody who tries to harm someone else by hacking is just a low-life jerk. Is that specific enough?”