F. Murray Abraham Not Returning for ‘Mythic Quest’ Season 3

One of Apple TV +’s strongest comedies has lost a lead. Vanity Fair has reported that F. Murray Abraham will not be retuning to Mythic Quest for its third season. At the moment, the reason for the actor’s departure is unknown.

A spokesperson for the series’ production company, Lionsgate, confirmed the departure. “F. Murray Abraham will not be returning to season three of Mythic Quest. Beyond that, we do not comment on matters concerning personnel, ”they said in a statement.

The 82-year-old actor starred in the comedy as CW Longbottom, a fantasy author whose work inspired the world of the titular video game and who serves as the head writer for the game. Hard-drinking and self-absorbed, CW was this company’s walking HR nightmare. Yet Abraham’s character contained a surprising amount of depth. CW stood at the center of one of the series’ strongest episodes, Season 2’s “Peter” – a play-like installment that Vulture once called “the showcase [Abraham] deserves. ”

Prior to Mythic QuestAbraham won a BAFTA and a Golden Globe for his role in director Miloš Forman’s Amadeus. Throughout his career, he became a common name in award-winning films. Abraham has starred in everything from All the President’s Men spirit Scarface thaw Inside Llewyn Davis spirit The Grand Budapest Hotel. Most recently, Abraham appeared in Marvel’s Moon Knight, where he voices the Egyptian moon god Khonshu.

A representative for Abraham did not immediately respond to Vanity Fair for comment. Apple TV + and showrunner Rob McElhenney referred back to the Lionsgate comment but did not elaborate.

Even in Season 2, Abraham’s role in Mythic Quest had been scaled down. For a season that was primarily filmed during the height of the pandemic, Abraham’s scenes often took place over video calls or on limited sets, choices that were made with Abraham’s health in mind. There’s also a chance that Abraham’s departure from the series is merely a narrative choice. Season 2 ended with the game’s co-creators Ian (McElhenney) and Poppy (Charlotte Nicdao) leaving Mythic Quest to build an entirely new game. This new game could simply not involve CW Regardless, we’ll be keeping an eye on this story and will update once new details emerge.

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