Lockwood & Co. – What We Know So Far

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Lately, I've been tracking how Netflix is singlehandedly reviving the world of young adult stories on television. And I am here for it. In the past few years, the streaming giant has created several YA series that are based on books (and have a pre-existing community of fans), including the "To All The Boys I've Loved Before" trilogy, "The Baby-Sitters Club," "One of Us Is Lying," and now "Heartstopper," Netflix's slate of YA content is a gift that keeps on giving. 

The streamer's latest series order is a story about a group of badass detective teens battling a ghost epidemic in London, and is based on a fascinating series of novels from author Jonathan Stroud.

Whether "Lockwood & Co." will be adapted into eight seasons (considering there are eight books) or get axed after the first season (remember how Netflix is a firm believer in cancel culture?) is yet to be seen. Until then, we can take comfort knowing that an exciting new YA series is hitting the streamer soon. Here's all we know about "Lockwood & Co." so far.

What is Lockwood & Co. about?

Jonathan Stroud's young adult supernatural thriller series tells the story of three young operatives, Lucy Carlyle, Anthony Lockwood, and George Cubbins, who work at a psychic detection agency. When a ghost epidemic breaks out on the streets of London, the group must get together to valiantly investigate some of the spookiest hauntings they've seen in the city. Armed with tools that repel ghosts, such as magnesium flares and salt bombs, as well as a ton of courage, the trio must put an end to these otherworldly beings. A consistent theme in the books has been that of responsibility — Anthony is seen struggling to protect his agency from going out of business while having to take care of his employees — and I hope that will be resonant in the adaptation too.

The synopsis as per Deadline reads: "Set in London, where the most gifted teenage ghost-hunters venture nightly into perilous combat with deadly spirits, amidst the many corporate, adult-run agencies, one stands alone: independent of any commercial imperative or adult supervision – a tiny startup, run by a renegade trio destined to unravel a mystery that will change the course of history: Lockwood & Co."

Who is joining the Lockwood & Co. cast?

The eight-episode Netflix adaptation will be led by actress Ruby Stokes (who plays Francesca in "Bridgerton" season 2). Stokes plays Lucy Carlyle, a newly arrived, psychically gifted young girl who, along with her partners, runs a psychic detection agency in London. Joining Stokes are newcomers Cameron Chapman as Anthony Lockwood and Ali Hadji-Heshmati as George Karim — a welcome deviation from the books. While the agency is run by Anthony in the books, the show has chosen Lucy to lead the crew instead. 

The cast also includes actors Ivanno Jeremiah ("Humans," "Black Mirror"), who stars as Inspector Barnes, Luke Treadaway ("Attack the Block") as The Golden Blade, and Morven Christie ("The A Word") as Penelope Fittes. Jack Bandeira is set to play Quill Kipps, and Ben Crompton will portray Julius Winkman. Hayley Konadu has joined the show as Flo Bones, Paddy Holland stars as Bobby Vernon, and Rhianna Dorris plays Kat Godwin.

When will Lockwood & Co. arrive on Netflix?

Joe Cornish, who directed "Attack the Block" and "The Kid Who Would Be King," will write and direct the series. Cornish is also set to executive produce alongside Nira Park and Rachael Prior. The series is produced by Complete Fiction, a production company from long-time friends and collaborators Edgar Wright, Park, Cornish, and Prior, who shared the casting announcements on March 16. 

No release date has been set, but the series is expected to arrive on Netflix in 2022.

There isn't a trailer for "Lockwood & Co." yet, but we hope the adaptation will be as great as the books. Stroud's novels are loved for their world-building and the partnership shared by Carlyle, Lockwood, and Cubbins — now Karim — which fans will undoubtedly look forward to seeing portrayed onscreen. 

There's still more information to be learned about the upcoming Netflix adaptation — we're yet to see a glimpse of the ghost-ridden city of London and the trio's psychic detection agency. But we already know that the source material is solid, and Netflix's continued success with YA is reason to be hopeful. It looks like the "Lockwood and Co." adaptation is in good hands.