GQ declared last year that Riz is the man to play the debonair spy master. “Ahmed would be superb. His ability, from Four Lions to Nightcrawler, has never been questioned, while last year’s HBO series The Night Of showed he can play tough, too, and not look inappropriate doing so. What’s more, Star Wars spin off Rogue One made him international, which helps the moneymen, while a brief turn in Girls as an unlikely surf instructor suggested he can be a sex symbol too.
And, yes, Ahmed is a British Muslim, which would annoy people, and that is great for the internet. But, above all, can anyone think of a better actor to keep an ageing series relevant, and actually put its huge brand to some sort of lofty bridge-building good?”