New Pictures: Cagatay Ulusoy Returns For The Protector Season 3
March 6 means a new season of Netflix’s The Protector is coming to a laptop, TV or mobile phone near you. The Streaming service’s first Turkish TV original stars Cagatay Ulusoy as Hakan Demir, an ordinary man charged with protecting Istanbul from evil forces.
A breakout star in Turkey last year, the role won Ulusoy GQ Middle East’s Television Star of the Year award at our inaugural Man of The Year awards. Since then Ulusoy has turned the role into a global phenomenon, amassing over 4 million Instagram followers in the process.
In these exclusive photos, previously unreleased from his 2019 Man of the Year shoot, you can see Cagatay looking sharp, in between filming, at Istanbul’s Çırağan Palace Kempinski hotel.
Although he has a magnetic screen presence, Ulusoy is quiet and humble in real life. He made a heartfelt, off-the-cuff acceptance speech at our awards and you get the feeling he likes to stay out of the limelight.
A role behind the camera almost certainly beckons for Ulusoy.
He told us in 2019 that he had already filmed the next two seasons of the show and was dedicating 2020 to working on his own projects.
“I’ve never told anyone about this by the way. Just my close friends know I’m going to shoot a film as a director. You are the first to know. I’m so excited. Just dreaming every day about it. Every moment.”
In the meantime though, The Protector Season 3 finds Hakan fighting a surprisingly prescient enemy, as a mystery virus is sweeping through Istanbul.
In the trailer posted on his IG page, Ulusoy pointed to a reflective Hakan. He looks lost and broken as Istanbul is in the grip of a new enemy, the Vizier, who he later learns is the seventh Immortal.
Meanwhile, a deadly virus is raging in the city and Hakan must help find an antidote.
As well as a return for some familiar faces, we also see Istanbul in all its glory. Acting as an additional cast member in the first two seasons, the Turkish capital and Ulusoy’s home city again makes for an incredible backdrop to the show and these pictures from our shoot with him
Friday, March 6 promises to be a big night in.
Photography: Stephanie Galea
Styling Keanoush Zargham
Location: Çırağan Palace Kempinski Istanbul. Visit: goturkey.com