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The Recruit Series - What We Know So Far

Noah Centineo is headlining another buzz-worthy project from Netflix. The actor first rose to prominence with "To All The Boys I Loved Before," a romantic comedy that spawned two sequels. Following his debut stint as the lovable Peter Kavinsky, he joined the streamer once again for "Sierra Burgess Is a Loser." In 2019, he then headlined the teen film "The Perfect Date" with "Riverdale" standout Camila Mendes and joined Elizabeth Banks for her "Charlie's Angels" reboot.

Following his success with "To All The Boys I Loved Before," Centineo noted how his rise blindsided him. Speaking with Variety in 2020, the actor opened up about how he was optimistic about his career, but also how it was a lot at once in a short period of time. "I had just signed with CAA because they had gotten a link to the film, and they were very excited," Centineo said. "They told me that Netflix was going to put a big marketing budget behind it as a part of the Summer of Love campaign ... My mentality has always been I'm not going to count my chickens before they hatch, and even when they hatch, some of them will die, so I try to be prepared for everything and expect moderation."

Looking back, Centineo's chickens have more than hatched. In addition to appearing as Atom Smasher in Dwayne Johnson's "Black Adam," Centineo is set to headline Netflix's "The Recruit." Far from his typical young adult fare, "The Recruit" is poised to be the next major action franchise from the streamer.

When will The Recruit be released?

Netflix confirmed during its Tudum event that "The Recruit" will debut on December 16, 2022. As with most Netflix shows, it's likely that "The Recruit" will release all eight of its episodes the day the series premieres — although there have been instances where that is not the case. With Christmas and the holidays on the horizon, it's also almost a guarantee that "The Recruit" will make a big splash on Netflix. After all, Centineo is one of the most popular actors on the platform, and the streamer will likely market the series as Centineo's first major dramatic/action offering on Netflix.

Beyond that, December has typically been a great month for Netflix to drop new franchises. The streamer released both seasons of Henry Cavill's "The Witcher" in late December, and the series emerged as one of Netflix's most watched (via Insider). On the other hand, the month of December 2022 is exceptionally crowded on the streaming front. Disney+ will kick off "The Santa Clauses" on the same day, while Hulu has "Fleishman Is in Trouble" launching the following day. On the cinematic front, Netflix is set to debut "The Pale Blue Eye" and the highly-anticipated "Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery" a week following Centineo's show.

What is the plot of The Recruit?

Netflix describes Noah Centineo's "The Recruit" as a spy-thriller series filled with danger. In it, the "Black Adam" actor stars as Owen Hendricks, a budding CIA lawyer whose life turns upside down during the first week on the job. Centineo's character finds a letter penned by a former CIA asset, who threatens to expose the agency's seedy happenings unless exonerated for a crime. Naturally, Hendricks is forced to be in the middle of this conspiracy, navigating a web of lies as he seeks to find out the truth behind the CIA and the disavowed asset on a globe-trotting adventure. While the basic premise of "The Recruit" is pretty straightforward, details are slim on where Hendricks' allegiance lies and if he'll be working on his mission solo or with a team.

The upcoming Centineo series shares the same name as the 2003 spy thriller "The Recruit," which follows a young CIA trainee (Colin Farrell) tasked by his mentor (Al Pacino) to find a mole in the agency. Despite a similar premise, there's currently no indication that the Netflix series is based on the film of the same name.

Who is starring in The Recruit?

At the heart of the Netflix series is Noah Centineo, who stars as the show's lead character. Netflix has confirmed that opposite Centineo's Owen Hendricks is "Guardians of the Galaxy" star Laura Haddock, who plays Max Meladze, the former CIA asset threatening to leak dirt on the agency. It remains to be seen in what capacity an antagonist Meladze will appear in. Joining Centineo and Haddock for the globe-trotting Netflix series is Fivel Stewart, who was last seen on Netflix's "Atypical" as Casey's (Brigette Lundy-Paine) girlfriend. "Daredevil" actor Vondie Curtis-Hall, who played Ben Urich on the Netflix-Marvel production, will also be seen in "The Recruit" as Walter Nyland.

Canadian actor and "Ready or Not" star Kristian Bruun is also slated to appear in the series alongside "The Big Bang Theory" actor Aarti Mann. Bruun will star as Janus Ferber, while Mann will play Violet. Fans will remember Mann as Priya Koothrappali, Raj's (Kunal Nayyar) younger sister. "Key & Peele" producer and "Superstore" standout Colton Dunn will also join Centineo on his latest Netflix romp as Lester. Meanwhile, Relative newcomer Daniel Quincy Annoh will round out the cast for "The Recruit" as Terence.

Variety says that the show's guest stars will include "Arrow" actor Byron Mann as Xander, "The Rookie" star Angel Parker will pop up as Dawn, while "Law & Order" veteran Linus Roache will appear as Senator Smoot. Amelia will also be played by "iZombie's" Kaylah Zander.

Details are nonexistent on the characters beyond Hendricks and Meladze, though one can imagine that the cast will consist of both CIA assets, free agents, and nefarious bad guys.

Who is directing The Recruit?

The first two episodes of "The Recruit" will be directed by Doug Liman. One of the most prolific action directors in Hollywood, Liman is responsible for "The Bourne Identity," "Mr. & Mrs. Smith," and "Edge of Tomorrow." Liman is also executive producing the series alongside Noah Centineo. With Liman on board, it's certain that "The Recruit" will deliver big on drama and intrigue. The creative was previously attached to the YouTube Premium series "Impulse," which served as a loose sequel to his 2008 film "Jumper." To bring "The Recruit" to life, Liman brought several key "Impulse" creatives on board.

The series is created by Alexi Hawley, a producer on "The Rookie" and "Castle." Hawley will pen four of the eight episodes in the first season. "Once Upon a Time," "Impulse," and "Titans" director Alex Kalymnios will also spearhead two episodes of the series, while Emmanuel Osei-Kuffour will tackle Episodes 5 and 6. "Daredevil," "The Boys," and "Impulse" director Julian Holmes will then tackle the final two episodes of the debut season. Writers on the series include George Ghanem ("This Is Us"), Amelia Roper ("The Great"), Hadi Deeb ("See"), Niceole Levy (The Banker"), and Maya Goldsmith ("Pretty Little Liars").