Andrew Garfield to star as Sir Richard Branson in series about businessman’s rise to success
Posted by  badge Boss on Jul 16
It would certainly be a different challenge for him! (Picture: Getty)

Andrew Garfield is set to star as Sir for a new series which tells the story of the billionaire businessman and his airline company.

The 38-year-old actor was recently nominated for his first Emmy Award for the crime drama Under The Banner Of Heaven, but could another big gong be coming his way?

We know and love him for his portrayal of Spider-Man, but rumour has it that he’s about to step into the shoes of the billionaire Virgin founder.

David Leitch is set to direct a six-part series, titled Hot Air, which is based on the book Dirty Tricks by investigative journalist Martyn Gregory.

The book explores the rise of Sir Richard’s airline company, Virgin Airways, from when he started it 1984 with one leased aeroplane, with the PA News Agency understanding that Andrew is taking the helm.

It also explores how by 1990 it started to threaten British Airways’ monopoly, promoting them to launch a ‘dirty tricks’ campaign where staffers would impersonate Virgin employees to try and gain information to persuade passengers to switch to them instead.

Could this be another award-winning role for Andrew? (Picture: Gregory Pace/REX/Shutterstock)

This year, Andrew was nominated for an Academy Award for his performance in Tick, Tick…Boom! and was recognised for the same role winning best actor in a musical/comedy film at the Golden Globes.

The film, which is Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda’s directorial debut, tells the story of Jonathan Larson’s attempt to enter the industry by writing a new musical.

British star Andrew also recently reprised his role as Spider-Man in 2021’s The Spider-Man: No Way Home, which saw the three actors who have played Peter Parker throughout the years – including Tobey Maguire and Tom Holland – unite for the first time ever.

Sir Richard became a billionaire after founding Virgin (Picture: PA)

The reports of him taking on Sir Richard come after from acting.

He shared the news in an interview surrounding Under the Banner of Heaven, saying he is keen to ‘rest’ and ‘be a bit ordinary for a while’.

The Eyes of Tammy Faye star said: ‘I am going to take a break. I’m going to rest for a little bit.

‘I need to recalibrate and reconsider what I want to do next and who I want to be and just be a bit of a person for a while.’

He compared awards season to ‘a washing machine’, although without complaint, calling himself ‘so privileged and lucky’ to be ‘a part of the conversation’.

Reps for Andrew Garfield have been contacted for comment.