‘Last King of the Cross’ Season 2 Confirmed: Paramount+ Greenlights Gritty Aussie Hit
We’re heading back to the seedy underbelly of Kings Cross, with Paramount+ officially renewing gripping Aussie crime drama Last King of the Cross for season two. Drawing inspiration from John Ibrahim’s widely acclaimed memoir, Last King of the Cross, this homegrown drama series is set in the vibrant Kings Cross district of Sydney during the late 1980s and 1990s. It delves into the lives of John and Sam Ibrahim, two immigrants from war-ravaged Lebanon who, despite their impoverished beginnings, managed to ascend to influential positions within one of Sydney’s infamous nightlife hubs.
Paramount+ is set to deliver an even more thrilling and adrenaline-fueled season two, promising to up the ante. According to the streaming service,Last King Of The Cross season two will “delve deeper into the seductive and dangerous world of Kings Cross, as John Ibrahim expands his empire into the booming queer nightclub scene. Set against the backdrop of the ecstasy-fuelled 2000s, the stakes are higher than ever before, and everyone wants a piece – including John’s two younger brothers.”
The renewal of the Last King of The Cross, which is produced by Helium, doesn’t exactly come out of the blue. Since premiering last year, the homegrown hit has gone on to become Paramunt+’s most successful Australian debut series ever, prompting significant interest from international distributors.
While announcing season two, Helium’s Mark Fennessy said, “After the outstanding success of season one, we are incredibly excited for Last King of the Cross to return for an electrifying second season. Bigger, bolder, and even more action-packed, we are eager to share the next chapter of this compelling story.”
The first instalment of the intense crime drama concluded with John (played by Man of Many favourite Lincoln Younes) successfully retaining ownership of his pub but at the expense of losing his beloved Anastasia. Although he is reunited with his brother, Sam, John realises that he must take on the responsibility of running the Cross (the pub) alone. The season finale episode ended with John cryptically informing Sam that he is “going,” leaving us to wonder where he’s headed.
“Australian audiences love local stories and content, which is why Last King of the Cross was the most-watched local series,” Daniel Monaghan, SVP of content and programming at Paramount ANZ said. “We’re thrilled to bring viewers the next instalment of this gripping story. It is titles like this that makes us proud to have our local commissions with universal themes, compelling, propulsive storylines, world-class Australian talent and high-quality production values, contribute to Paramount+’s mountain of exclusive content, on an international scale.”