Hanna the TV series: Secrets from the set of the Amazon Prime Video thriller

Esme Creed Miles, Joel Kinnaman, Mireille Enos and Rhianne Barreto speak to BT TV about the secrets of filming the fight scenes for the brutal action drama.

Hanna the TV series is available now on Amazon Prime Video and the nail-biting thriller is eight-episodes of bone-crunching action.

Hit play above to watch cast of Hanna talking about the Secrets From The Set.

Starring newcomer Esme Creed-Miles, Joel Kinnaman, Mireille Enos and Rhianne Barreto, the TV series takes the premise of the 2011 film and adds a grittiness and earthiness, which allows the story to expand across 8 episodes and potentially live on for many more series.

Esme Creed-Miles plays Hanna in the Prime Video series

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One of the most striking elements of Hanna is the incredible fight sequences, which meant Esme had to take on months of training.

"Fight prep, boxing, cardio, stretching. It’s almost like dancing, you have to learn to dance and keep practising it," said Esme.

"I think it's about bringing emotion to it. I know that sounds slightly clichéd. Stunt people are amazing at what they do, but they're not actors.

"Even if an actor might not nail the moves in a way than a stunt person might, I wanted to bring the character of Hanna into everything that she did.

"It provides it with an edge, which you don’t necessarily get if it’s just, *throws punches*. ‘huh, huh, huh’."

While Hanna meant new challenges and training for Esme, it was an opportunity for The Killing’s Joel Kinnaman and Mireille Enos to show off their hidden martial arts skills.

"I've been on a martial arts journey for the last three years and I've been training a lot, really enjoying it and I got a chance to showcase something in this series with all the stunt guys," said Joel.

Hanna on Prime Video

And viewers should prepare themselves for a fight sequence in episode 8 that will showcase Mireille’s fighting prowess.

"We had a big fight rehearsal the day before so I knew what it was going to look like and showed it to the DP and said, 'Can we do it like this, as one take?'," said Mireille.

"It can be really cool to cut in, but when you do it in one piece, you don’t see that it’s really the actor doing it."

Writer David Farr paid credit to Hanna director Sarah Adina Smith for putting together "a template for the violence" which runs throughout the series.

"She was interested in the messiness of violence, that moment where something will go wrong," said Farr. "And sometimes someone will choose not fight - and that's also part of the journey. It’s the emotional messiness."

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